Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Marcus Rashford's heartfelt message to Gareth Southgate after England World Cup heartbreak

Marcus Rashford's heartfelt message to Gareth Southgate after England World Cup heartbreak

Kieran Trippier had put England ahead with an early free-kick but Ivan Perisic levelled after the break and Mario Mandzukic sealed the turnaround in the 109th minute.

"I just believe we can come back another time, and I hope before I die I see England win the World Cup", added Ogunde.

England players were clearly devastated at the result last night, the Three Lions' first semi-final appearance in 28 years.

Southgate said he was unsure if that was the case, but that there was no questioning what the Tottenham striker had brought to the team both on and off the pitch in Russian Federation. It will hurt for a while.

Midfielder Jesse Lingard said: "Was an honour to represent my country at the world cup".

"We are a nation of people who never give in, who are proud and who have character", he said.

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"Absolutely devastated that our journey is over!" Realistically, I don't think any of us did.

"It has been an honour to be a part of this special team. We will be back stronger".

Around 7,000 England fans had managed to get hold of tickets through official channels, with 2,180 doing so via the England Supporters Travel Club tickets and the rest in Federation Internationale de Football Association sales.

Goalkeeper Jack Butland wrote: "Devastated to not be coming back here for the final on Sunday but this is just the beginning for this squad!"

Jubilant Croatian fans honked their vehicle 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. Thank you to every one of you who have been there each step of the way!

England's largest travelling support of the tournament so far, estimated before the game to be up to 10,000, were in full voice throughout, urging their young Lions on.

As expected, tonight's match proved to be an entertaining one for the neutrals and a stressful experience for English supporters, who have always been claiming that this is the year it finally comes home again.

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