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Social media reacts to England's semi-final defeat to Croatia

12 July 2018

Playing in their first World Cup semi-final since 1990, England took a fifth-minute lead through Kieran Trippier's superb free-kick. There was some unwanted controversy attached with the squad after last match's hero Domagoj Vida coming up with a pro-Ukraine video to celebrate the win over Russian Federation. The couple spent much of the day with Ireland's officials, including President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne, but they made time to meet with some of Ireland's rugby legends as well as dozens of young Gaelic footballers at Croke Park in Dublin.

England have been knocked out of the World Cup after Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandžukić's goals denied the opener from Kerian Trippier.

England scored nine goals from set pieces at this tournament, the most by any team in a single World Cup tournament since 1966.

"I think he is a player who is really appreciated by the team.We are really pleased with his contribution, his work ethic without the ball has been incredible for us".

"I don't mind you being happy, but you were planning the final, where the parades were".

"You are not going to get away with that in a World Cup semi-final".

The Three Lions' run to the final four has included victories in 90 minutes over Tunisia, Panama and Sweden, a penalty shootout win against Colombia, and a defeat to Belgium.

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'Before the game, the whole talk was about the final, ' Keane began.

Croatia: Danijel Subasic 6, Sime Vrsaljko 7, Dejan Lovren 7, Domagoj Vida 7, Ivan Strinic 7, Marcelo Brozovic 6, Ivan Rakitic 6, Luka Modric 7, Ivan Perisic 8, Ante Rebic 8, Mario Mandzukic 7.

Real Madrid playmaker Modric has excelled at times in Russian Federation, both on the ball and in terms of his leadership qualities.

The captain was the man of the match again in the penalty shootout win over Russian Federation in Sochi at the weekend.

In this picture, England's coach Gareth Southgate gestures during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Sweden and England at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 7, 2018.

Martin Peters scored the other of England's four in the final.

"There is still a lot to play".

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But no one could have put it better than those in the England camp themselves.

"Let me tell you, whether we win or lose the game, my life will not change", he said.

The Croats, basking in the afterglow of their golden generation of footballers, have reached the semi-finals for the second time in their brief history. But there is less pressure on them now.

Ivan Perisic, who cancelled out Kieran Trippier's early goal with a fine effort of his own, admitted it was a hard game but praised his team-mates' perseverance for coming through a successive third knockout game after extra-time.

"We do not want to say we are exhausted, because there are still plenty of opportunities to exhaust ourselves".

The fact that Croatia have had to play so much football could perhaps give England an edge, all the more so given the injury problems faced by Dalic.

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Social media reacts to England's semi-final defeat to Croatia