Fans thank England for 'making nation dream'

England Kane

England Kane

England ladies also found themselves in the World Cup finals three years ago, only to be beaten 2-1 by Japan in the final game.

"But equally we want to be a team that's hitting quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals - that was what we've aimed to do in the long term and we've proved that is possible".

John Stones has been England's third-biggest attacking threat at this World Cup, being on the end of 1.45 xG, and scoring twice from the chances he has had.

However, Kane has not added to his tally since that Colombia match during the round of 16 and Neville is adamant England's star striker picked up an injury during the clash against the South Americans and has been playing hurt ever since.

Mandzukic's goal in Moscow's Luzhniki stadium on Wednesday sealed Croatia's spot in the final, surprising even some fans with the result, while dashing England fans' once improbable dreams of a first World Cup final in more than 50 years.

England's Kieren Trippier scored an early goal in the 5th, giving the Three Lions a strong lead. It said: "The more I see, the more important it is that when 'attacking this tournament" we tell our own story.

"You've had an incredible World Cup, made history, and gave us fans something to believe in".

In Moscow, Croatia fans said they were taken aback by their side's win.

Towering defender Harry Maguire has risen to cult hero status at the World Cup and he has had an army of family and pals following him around during the tournament. Thank you, England": "A simple message of gratitude from the Express, accompanied by a picture of Southgate and his players showing their appreciation to the travelling supporters. Realistically, I don't think any of us did.

British Prime Minister Theresa May would like to host an event for the English football team after they reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 28 years, her spokeswoman said on Thursday.

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