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Kane ‘gutted’ as England’s World Cup dream dies

World Cup Semi-Final: England V. Croatia, Winner Will Play France Will there be a bank holiday if England win the World Cup?
Steven Clarke | 12 July, 2018, 12:29

The Times features scenes from the semi-final match with the headline "Pride of Lions", while the paper's front page leads with Donald Trump's calls for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to double their defence spending.

Supporters showed their colours in Red Square just a stones throw from Vladimir Putin's headquarters at the Kremlin ahead of the match against Croatia.

The Daily Mirror says they are "proud" of England's heroes after the defeat.

Speaking to the BBC's World Cup Daily podcast earlier in the tournament, he said: "I'm slightly concerned because as a centre-half who took a lot of knocks to the head I'm not normally synonymous with fashion icons!"

At England's first two group games there were only about 2,000 fans present each time, but as fears of hooliganism and violence in Russian Federation have so far proved unfounded, and Gareth Southgate's team have progressed further in the tournament than most expected, the dash to Moscow commenced.

For a second there, it did honestly feel like it was coming home, but alas, it was not to be.

They booked their place in the final by seeing off England 2-1 after extra time, making light of the fact that the Three Lions hail from a land with a population of around 53 million. They needed a penalty shoot-out to see off Denmark in the last 16, though, after Modric had missed from the spot in extra time.

Roy Keane summed up England's World Cup exit with one, brutal sentence
I know England may have thought it was a bit tongue and cheek a few weeks ago, but you've got to focus on just one game at a time. As fellow pundits Gary Neville and Lee Dixon laugh, Wright says: "We weren't talking about the final, we were having a laugh".

He said: "I think it's our year this time".

"He's just not looked right, to be fair".

"You did us proud": The Star pays tribute to England's "brave lions", even though they came up short on a "night of raw emotion".

The French topped Belgium 1-0 in their semifinal matchup on Tuesday to advance to the final and have a shot at winning their second World Cup final (they took the title in 1998).

His friend Joe Carter, 43, from York, added: "We really thought it was going to be different - this was our chance".

"Fair enough they are a young team but they needed to turn up tonight".

"It's felt like a good holiday we've been on - and we're enjoying every moment of it", said the Manchester United left wing-back.

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