Kane 'gutted' as England's World Cup dream dies

Kane 'gutted' as England's World Cup dream dies

England's keeper Jordan Pickford made a brilliant save in stoppage time of the first half of extra time, appearing to injure Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic in the process.

They lost a semi-final to eventual winners Spain in 2010, but bounced back to become world champions in Brazil four years later.

A huge crowd of fans who watched a television broadcast of the match unfurled a big Croatian flag and lit numerous red flares as the party engulfed the city right after the final whistle.

Croatia will effectively have played a game more than France, who also have an extra day to recover from their semi-final on Tuesday.

It stayed level at 90 minutes, meaning Croatia faced extra time for the third successive game, having got past Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties.

It's official: football is not coming home. Harry Kane & Co. will deal with the same disappointment that felled Shearer and Platt, Gazza and Wazza, Beckham and Gerrard.

As the extra period started Croatia struggled to maintain their intense pressure but continued to threaten the England defense.

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Defender Sime Vrsaljko, who was an injury doubt before the game but played the full 120 minutes, was critical of England's style of play.

Rakitic switched the ball from left flank to right, where Vrsaljko crossed.

Ivan Perisic's goal destabilized England's set-up.

"We can hold our heads up high", said team Captain Harry Kane after the loss.

"We probably needed that second goal earlier in the game". The ball popped up and Perisic outjumped Tripper to head the ball behind the defence. They effectively invited Modric to step in and take the ball which he did to great effect.

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It was his first goal for his country, England's 12th of the tournament and ninth from a set-piece, but they should have added more from open play as they revelled in the space they were being given in the first half.

England "threw away the opportunity of a lifetime and it could end up haunting this generation for the rest of the careers", he says. He is released free and his initial shot is saved but the rebound shot from close range hits the post!

England's Jesse Lingard in action with Croatia's Ivan Strinic.

England had its moments to come back but could not finish its chances.