England vs Croatia – England fans break down across the country as World Cup dream ends

ENGLAND fans despaired as Croatia won 2-1 after taking the lead in the second half of extra time.

The hopes of a nation faded as England’s years of hurt are destined to last another four years.

 As Croatia's second goal went in English fans sank to the ground in despair

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As Croatia’s second goal went in English fans sank to the ground in despair
 Hope faded as the game headed into final minutes of extra time

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Hope faded as the game headed into final minutes of extra time
 England fans look tense as the semi-final heads into extra time following an early lead

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England fans look tense as the semi-final heads into extra time following an early lead
 A fan holds on tight to the Cross of St George as he wills on the Three Lions

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A fan holds on tight to the Cross of St George as he wills on the Three Lions
 Beers rocketed into the air as The Three Lions hammered home an early free kick

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Beers rocketed into the air as The Three Lions hammered home an early free kick
 These fans in London hold their heads after Perisic hits in Croatia's equaliser

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These fans in London hold their heads after Perisic hits in Croatia’s equaliser
 Joy turned to despair for this Lion as Croatia equalised midway through the second half

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Joy turned to despair for this Lion as Croatia equalised midway through the second half
 Smiles turned to frowns as the second goal of the game went past Jordan Pickford

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Smiles turned to frowns as the second goal of the game went past Jordan Pickford
 Fans pray for victory as the tense match entered the first half of added time

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Fans pray for victory as the tense match entered the first half of added time
 England football fans celebrate England's first goal during a Hyde Park screening of the FIFA 2018 World Cup semi-final match

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England football fans celebrate England’s first goal during a Hyde Park screening of the FIFA 2018 World Cup semi-final match
 The mood of the nation was encapsulated by this fan in London who rubbed his face with his palm

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The mood of the nation was encapsulated by this fan in London who rubbed his face with his palm
 This fan pulled his shirt over his head in frustration as the game goes to extra time

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This fan pulled his shirt over his head in frustration as the game goes to extra time

Tears flowed for our heroes in the east after they gave the best performance in a World Cup for 28 years.

Mario Mandzukic slammed in a left footed strike shattering English hearts in the second period of added time.

England collectively breathed in as a scorching John Stones header was cleared of the line early in added time.

Ivan Perisic nipped in a goal for the opposition midway through the second half making English hearts drop.

Earlier fans exploded with excitement as England took an early lead.

Decked out in red and white, men and women screamed with excitement across the UK – and the world – as Gareth Southgate’s men took the first goal.

Crowds up and down the country celebrated as Kieran Trippier hammered home an early free kick against Croatia.

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From Hyde Park all the way up to Manchester beers and spirits flew into the air as jubilation gripped the nation.

The crosses of St George waved high and proud as fans started to believe it really might be coming home.

Earlier it was predicted a staggering 50,000 pints in the air every time the Three Lions score tonight.

 Fans leapt into the air in excitement as Kieran Trippier scored a goal

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Fans leapt into the air in excitement as Kieran Trippier scored a goal
 The crowds, decked out in red and white, roared in support of England

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The crowds, decked out in red and white, roared in support of England
Olly Murs goes wild as England take the lead against Croatia
 A female fan's face says it all as England took an early lead

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A female fan’s face says it all as England took an early lead

The crowd in Hyde Park went berserk as England scored within five minutes.

Those watching on the huge screen were drenched in beer as plastic cups flew through the air amid wild celebrations.

Some fans had tears in their eyes as they couldn’t believe the dream start.

Alan, from Fleet, who has been to Brazil, Germany and France to follow the team, said: “It’s amazing.”

Another fan watching the match in Hyde Park, who gave his name as Robbie, said: “It’s unbelievable.

“It’s the biggest dream of a start you could have imagined.

“But it makes it even more unbearable for the rest of the game.

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“It’s going to be a nervous 80 minutes.”

Kieran Trippier scores STUNNING free-kick as England take the lead in World Cup semi-final against Croatia
 The Geordies put on a cracking show in Newcastle as England took the lead

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The Geordies put on a cracking show in Newcastle as England took the lead
 Red powder explodes in the crowd as they celebrate England's first goal

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Red powder explodes in the crowd as they celebrate England’s first goal
 Crowds erupted with excitement as England scored the first goal

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Crowds erupted with excitement as England scored the first goal

England’s players looked cool and calm as they took to the field and used Raheem Sterling’s pace to scare the sluggish Croatians, and it worked when Dele Alli was taken down by Luka Modric on the edge of the box.

But supporters were given a bumpy ride as the Three Lions missed a host of chances, with Harry Kane hitting the post from close range and Jesse Lingard firing wide from the edge of the box.

London’s Oxford Street is usually buzzing with commuters, but it lies empty and busy roads like the A11 in Suffolk are deserted as commotion builds inside boozers and homes up and down England.

Jamie Vardy’s wife Becky and Harry Maguire’s partner Fern Hawkins could be seen strolling into town as they joined thousands of beer-swigging football fans in the Russian capital.

 Fans in the stands in Moscow obviously also got into the swing of things

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Fans in the stands in Moscow obviously also got into the swing of things
 England supporters flocked to Boxpark in Croydon to cheer on England

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England supporters flocked to Boxpark in Croydon to cheer on England
 One fan says a prayer as she settles down to watch England play Croatia

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One fan says a prayer as she settles down to watch England play Croatia



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Some tennis fans at Wimbledon would rather watch England’s World Cup semifinal than closely watch the action at the All England Club.

Wimbledon’s No. 1 Court was less than one-third full for the men’s quarterfinal match between John Isner and Milos Raonic, which was being played at the same time as England took on Croatia in Moscow.

Centre Court was close to full for the more high-profile match between Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro taking place at the same time.

Only some blotches of empty seats were visible, although plenty of fans had their attention divided between their phone screens and the court.


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