It’s over. The dream is over. Gareth Southgate and his brave young England side crashed out of the World Cup at the semi-final stage – the furthest the Three Lions have gone since 1990.
It was all but coming home five minutes into the match when Kieran Trippier smashed in a free kick over the Croatian wall. Unfortunately, that is where the joy ended.
Harry Kane had a chance to double the lead where arguably he should have squared it to Raheem Sterling, who was desperate for a goal. So now, England face Belgium in another pointless game at the World Cup to decide who’ll finish third and who faces the ignominy of fourth.
The nation really did believe football was coming home and, impressively, it appeared the players and staff did too.
England will now look to build on this unexpected success at the European Championships in two years’ time. Where is the final? The home of football, Wembley.
It’s coming home!
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