Southgate's England to prepare for game they don't want

13 July, 2018, 07:45 | Author: Elena Meyer
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Croatia have qualified for the World Cup final, the first in their history with an extra-time win over England.

If they had beaten Croatia, England would have reached only their second World Cup final.

Millions tuned into the eagerly anticipated match, with sorrowful scenes up and down the country after days of singing "It's coming home".

The Duke of Cambridge, a self-confessed soccer fan, has made sure to bask in the glory of his team's success in Russian Federation so far, taking to Twitter to congratulate the team after each of their wins at the World Cup.

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. Prime Minister Theresa May imposed a boycott on English officials traveling to Russian Federation in the wake of the Novichok poisonings. "We'll be flying the flag on Saturday".

The country came to a standstill during Wednesday evening's semi-final as the Three Lions lined-up against Croatia looking to keep the dream of bringing football home alive.

Many fans had their heads in their hands, while others shook their heads in disbelief.

Josh Quinn, 22, from Bristol, said: "It was a disappointing performance from England".

The Croatian squad tied the score late into the second half after its striker Ivan Perisic put the ball into the net of the opponents. What a night! A huge video wall was set up in the historic city and the broadcast was followed by thousands, they sat on the floor, on walls, in stands, hung from windows.

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Some stores closed early to enable employees to watch the match, with various concerts, plays and cinema screenings cancelled.

"They have done so well".

"I couldn't have asked them to give any more for me or for the country".

The victor today advances to Sunday's final against France. "You have got to be proud". But there's something I want to say.

"It's Coming Home" is the phrase that has been used a motto for England's World Cup campaign in Russian Federation.

"It's been fantastic until now".

Jason Kay, 49, also from Coventry, simply added: "See you in four years' time". "It would have been so incredible to win the cup".

Nick Branch, 35, joked: "I'm a West Ham fan so I'm used to disappointment".

Stephen Fry was among those to take to Twitter after the match, and his message reflected the thoughts of many.

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