Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

27 million viewers watch England in World Cup semi-final

27 million viewers watch England in World Cup semi-final

Jubilant Croatian fans honked their auto horns and let off fireworks while England fans sobbed and looked to the future with confidence after Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor took Croatia to its first World Cup final.

Croatia will play France in Sunday's World Cup final.

Southgate said: "At the moment we all feel the pain of the defeat".

Referencing the 52 years that England have gone since winning the World Cup, The Guardian sport section leads with the image of the moment Mario Mandzukic fired the winning goal beyond Jordan Pickford. And I think we need to take full credit for that because we've changed that.

However, Kane has not added to his tally since that Colombia match during the round of 16 and Neville is adamant England's star striker picked up an injury during the clash against the South Americans and has been playing hurt ever since.

"You've had an incredible World Cup, made history, and gave us fans something to believe in".

After people across the country flocked to parties at pubs, bars, gardens and public parks to watch the match, the country came down to earth with a bump on Thursday. The scenes in Croatia's capital of Zagreb were astounding.

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Meanwhile, the most popular three words for home team Russian Federation are "host", "fans" and "low-ranking".

However, fans said the side had "finished further than anyone dreamed".

While most of us will be plonking ourselves in front of a screen for the big game between England and Croatia tonight, there are a dedicated few that are actually making the trek over to Russian Federation to see the action unfold IRL.

Eric Amsalem, a 48-year-old Croatian fan with his face painted in the colours of the national flag said: "It's a small country. Everybody has come. It's the best feeling in a long time".

"It was a good game".

Southgate was reluctant to draw any positives from England's World Cup experience so soon after the crushing loss to Croatia, but said there obviously were many high points and pointed to a bright future for his young, talented squad after their success in Russian Federation.

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