Fans in Moscow devastated after England knocked out by Croatia

Three Lions

Three Lions

If they had beaten Croatia, England would have reached only their second World Cup final.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and his ministers held a session on Thursday dressed in red-and-white football jerseys to mark their country's win over England that sets up a World Cup final against France.

The Three Lions fought bravely but came up just short in extra time as Croatia snatched a late victor to book their spot in Sunday's final with France.

"We've definitely written ourselves into history, given the conditions and infrastructure back home, we are a miracle", he added.

After Gareth Southgate's Three Lions take on Roberto Martinez's Belgium in a third-place fixture on Saturday, Le Bleus and "Vatreni" will close the curtains at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday after which one will be crowned the champions.

A $100 bet on England would net you a $200 profit if they were to win in regulation, but keep in mind that England just played an extra 30 minutes and has a day's less rest.

England fans were crushed last night, crushed this morning, and will be crushed for some time yet.

After Horacio Elizondo in 2006, he becomes the second Argentinian referee to officiate a World Cup Final.

"We want to be in semi-finals and finals and we've shown to ourselves that that can happen".

A first World Cup final since 1966 and a showdown with France agonisingly slipped away.

"The team and the individuals will be better in a couple of years time".

Pitana returned to Brazil in 2016 for the Olympic Football Tournament, where he was the man in the middle for the semi-final between Germany and Nigeria. The two teams had already clinched a spot in the knockout round when they played each other in the Group G finale which gave them a chance to rest players.

"It's been great to get to this stage but we wanted to go on and win it". I don't realistically think any of us did.

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