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
in the semi finals. heartbreaking 2-1 extra time defeat to Croatia READ MORE: England player ratings after heartbreaking Croatia loss READ MORE: England’s World Cup dream ended by Croatia READ MORE: Joy then despair as England reach the end of the world
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.
England head coach Gareth Southgate embraces Jordan Pickford at the end of the match
England goalkeeper Nick Pope comforts Harry Kane
Josip Pivaric celebrates as Croatia go through to their first ever World Cup final
Harry Kane and an injured Kieran Trippier relfect on a heartbreaking loss
Harry Kane and Harry Maguire are dejected at the final whistle
Gareth Southgate relfects on coming so close, yet so far at the World Cup
Dele Alli is distrught after England were knocked out in the semi finals
Croatia celebrate going to the World Cup final for the first time
Croatian celebrations go a little overboard as an advertising hoarding gives way
Mario Mandzukic celebrates after putting Croatia into a 2-1 lead in extra time
John Stones and Kyle Walker are distraught after Mario Mandzukic gave Croatia an extra time lead
The England defence switches off, allowing Mario Mandzukic to slot past Jordan Pickford to put Croatia 2-1 up in extra time
Mario Mandzukic lies on the pitch after colliding with Pickford
Jordan Pickford saves from Mario Mandzukic to keep the score at 1-1
So close! England almost take the lead but Croatia’s Sime Vrsaljko is on the line to clear
John Stones (no.5) is frustrated after his header was cleared off the line
Stones nearly gives England the lead again in extra time
Kyle Walker blocks a shot by Ivan Perisic
Kieran Trippier duels for the ball with Ivan Strinic
Close! Croatia almost take the lead as the ball hits the post
Jordan Pickford holds the ball after failing to make a save against Ivan Perisic, luckily the follow up shot was tame
Ivan Perisic celebrates scoring Croatia’s opening goal
Ivan Perisic puts the ball past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to level the scores at 1-1
Jordan Pickford just couldn’t get down in time to keep it out
Perisic gets to the ball moments before Kyle Walker could head clear
Last-ditch defending: Ashley Young gets his toe to the ball to prevent Ante Rebic shooting in a dangerous position
Jordan Pickford is fouled by Ante Rebic as both players go for the ball
How does Kane not score a second goal for 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
Harry Maguire goes close from an England corner under pressure from Domagoj Vida
Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane after the fullback put England ahead
Trippier’s teammates mob the England goalscorer
What a time to score your first international goal! Trippier puts England 1-0 up
Kyle Walker celebrates after ex-Spurs teammate Trippier put England ahead against Croatia
Kieran Trippier puts England ahead in just the fourth minute!
Trippier lined up his free-kick…
The right wingback got it up and over the wall…
Before dipping it under the crossbar and past Croatia goalkeeper Danjiel Subasic
England fans in full voice
Young and old have come out to support England