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