World Cup semi final in pictures as Croatia break England hearts

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Days of anticipation has lead to tears and crushing despair for England players and fans.

Despite the hopes of a nation wanting to ‘bring the World Cup home’, the Three Lions’ fell to a heartbreaking 2-1 extra time defeat to Croatia in the semi finals.

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England took the lead in just the fourth minute through a brilliant Kieran Trippier free-kick but they let Croatia back into the match in the second half and Ivan Perisic equalised, which sent the match to extra time.

Worse was to come for the Three Lions as Mario Mandzukic took full advantage of slack England defending to score in extra time to send Croatia to their first ever World Cup final.

England now have to settle for the third and fourth playoff against group rivals Belgium on Saturday.


<p>England head coach Gareth Southgate embraces Jordan Pickford at the end of the match </p>
England v Croatia

England head coach Gareth Southgate embraces Jordan Pickford at the end of the match

<p>England goalkeeper Nick Pope comforts Harry Kane </p>
England v Croatia

England goalkeeper Nick Pope comforts Harry Kane

<p>Josip Pivaric celebrates as Croatia go through to their first ever World Cup final </p>
Croatia v England

Josip Pivaric celebrates as Croatia go through to their first ever World Cup final

<p>Harry Kane and an injured Kieran Trippier relfect on a heartbreaking loss </p>
England v Croatia

Harry Kane and an injured Kieran Trippier relfect on a heartbreaking loss

<p>Harry Kane and Harry Maguire are dejected at the final whistle </p>
England v Croatia

Harry Kane and Harry Maguire are dejected at the final whistle

<p>Gareth Southgate relfects on coming so close, yet so far at the World Cup </p>
England v Croatia

Gareth Southgate relfects on coming so close, yet so far at the World Cup

<p>Dele Alli is distrught after England were knocked out in the semi finals </p>
England v Croatia

Dele Alli is distrught after England were knocked out in the semi finals

<p>Croatia celebrate going to the World Cup final for the first time </p>
England v Croatia

Croatia celebrate going to the World Cup final for the first time

<p>Croatian celebrations go a little overboard as an advertising hoarding gives way </p>
England v Croatia

Croatian celebrations go a little overboard as an advertising hoarding gives way

<p>Mario Mandzukic celebrates after putting Croatia into a 2-1 lead in extra time </p>
England v Croatia

Mario Mandzukic celebrates after putting Croatia into a 2-1 lead in extra time

<p>John Stones and Kyle Walker are distraught after Mario Mandzukic gave Croatia an extra time lead </p>
England v Croatia

John Stones and Kyle Walker are distraught after Mario Mandzukic gave Croatia an extra time lead

<p>The England defence switches off, allowing Mario Mandzukic to slot past Jordan Pickford to put Croatia 2-1 up in extra time </p>
England v Croatia

The England defence switches off, allowing Mario Mandzukic to slot past Jordan Pickford to put Croatia 2-1 up in extra time

<p>Mario Mandzukic lies on the pitch after colliding with Pickford </p>
England v Croatia

Mario Mandzukic lies on the pitch after colliding with Pickford

<p>Jordan Pickford saves from Mario Mandzukic to keep the score at 1-1 </p>
England v Croatia

Jordan Pickford saves from Mario Mandzukic to keep the score at 1-1

<p>So close! England almost take the lead but Croatia’s Sime Vrsaljko is on the line to clear </p>
England v Croatia

So close! England almost take the lead but Croatia’s Sime Vrsaljko is on the line to clear

<p>John Stones (no.5) is frustrated after his header was cleared off the line </p>
England v Croatia

John Stones (no.5) is frustrated after his header was cleared off the line

<p>Stones nearly gives England the lead again in extra time </p>
England v Croatia

Stones nearly gives England the lead again in extra time

<p>Kyle Walker blocks a shot by Ivan Perisic </p>
England v Croatia

Kyle Walker blocks a shot by Ivan Perisic

<p>Kieran Trippier duels for the ball with Ivan Strinic </p>
England v Croatia

Kieran Trippier duels for the ball with Ivan Strinic

<p>Close! Croatia almost take the lead as the ball hits the post </p>
England v Croatia

Close! Croatia almost take the lead as the ball hits the post

<p>Jordan Pickford holds the ball after failing to make a save against Ivan Perisic, luckily the follow up shot was tame </p>
England v Croatia

Jordan Pickford holds the ball after failing to make a save against Ivan Perisic, luckily the follow up shot was tame

<p>Ivan Perisic celebrates scoring Croatia’s opening goal </p>
Croatia v England

Ivan Perisic celebrates scoring Croatia’s opening goal

<p>Ivan Perisic puts the ball past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to level the scores at 1-1 </p>
England v Croatia

Ivan Perisic puts the ball past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to level the scores at 1-1

<p>Jordan Pickford just couldn’t get down in time to keep it out </p>
England v Croatia

Jordan Pickford just couldn’t get down in time to keep it out

<p>Perisic gets to the ball moments before Kyle Walker could head clear </p>
England v Croatia

Perisic gets to the ball moments before Kyle Walker could head clear

<p>Last-ditch defending: Ashley Young gets his toe to the ball to prevent Ante Rebic shooting in a dangerous position </p>
England v Croatia

Last-ditch defending: Ashley Young gets his toe to the ball to prevent Ante Rebic shooting in a dangerous position

<p>Jordan Pickford is fouled by Ante Rebic as both players go for the ball </p>
England v Croatia

Jordan Pickford is fouled by Ante Rebic as both players go for the ball

<p>How does Kane not score a second goal for England?! </p>
England v Croatia

How does Kane not score a second goal for England?!

<p>First his one-on-one shot is saved before somehow Subasic turns Kane’s follow up onto the post after a bit of pingball. The offside flag was up, but it would have been overturned by VAR if Kane had scored </p>
World Cup – Semi Final – Croatia v England

First his one-on-one shot is saved before somehow Subasic turns Kane’s follow up onto the post after a bit of pingball. The offside flag was up, but it would have been overturned by VAR if Kane had scored

<p>Harry Maguire goes close from an England corner under pressure from Domagoj Vida </p>
England v Croatia

Harry Maguire goes close from an England corner under pressure from Domagoj Vida

<p>Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane after the fullback put England ahead </p>
England v Croatia

Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane after the fullback put England ahead

<p>Trippier’s teammates mob the England goalscorer </p>
England v Croatia

Trippier’s teammates mob the England goalscorer

<p>What a time to score your first international goal! Trippier puts England 1-0 up </p>
England v Croatia

What a time to score your first international goal! Trippier puts England 1-0 up

<p>Kyle Walker celebrates after ex-Spurs teammate Trippier put England ahead against Croatia </p>
England v Croatia

Kyle Walker celebrates after ex-Spurs teammate Trippier put England ahead against Croatia

<p>Kieran Trippier puts England ahead in just the fourth minute! </p>
England v Croatia

Kieran Trippier puts England ahead in just the fourth minute!

<p>Trippier lined up his free-kick… </p>
England v Croatia

Trippier lined up his free-kick…

<p>The right wingback got it up and over the wall… </p>
England v Croatia

The right wingback got it up and over the wall…

<p>Before dipping it under the crossbar and past Croatia goalkeeper Danjiel Subasic </p>
England v Croatia

Before dipping it under the crossbar and past Croatia goalkeeper Danjiel Subasic

<p>England fans in full voice </p>
England v Croatia

England fans in full voice

<p>Young and old have come out to support England </p>
England v Croatia

Young and old have come out to support England

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