Stunned silence, then tears, as England fans realise it's not 'coming home'

FIFA World Cup: Fans battle it out ahead Croatia vs England semifinal today

Croatia's route to the 2018 World Cup final

The total is also now the most by any team in a single World Cup tournament since 1966 - but sadly, for England, it was no omen with a repeat of that famous Wembley triumph ended in extra-time.

"We blew our chances", 17-year-old Josh Ogunde said after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near Trafalgar Square in central London as the disappointed crowds streamed home.

The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) in a statement on Tuesday said it had revoked Vukojevic's accreditation at the World Cup and relieved him of his duties as an associate of the Croatia coaching staff. Well, make that 52 now.

MOSCOW (AP) - They sing of alcohol and agony, and of all those oh, so nears.

But first, The Three Lions are on the agenda.

Deschamps is aiming to join Germany's Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo as the only men to have won the World Cup as both a player and a manager.

"He's captained the team brilliantly", Southgate said of Kane.

In the southern city of Nice, more than two dozen fans were hurt when the detonation of firecrackers triggered a brief stampede near the seafront. They worked in '98 and we worked today, we reached out target to get to the final.

It's now 52 years and counting. I couldn't be prouder with what they've done. Their pursuit will continue in the third-place game on Saturday in St. Petersburg.

Kieran Trippier had opened the scoring for the Three Lions with a fifth-minute free-kick before Ivan Perisic equalised in the 68th minute.

But he lamented England's failure to take full advantage of what appeared an unusually easy route to the final, avoiding most of the heavyweight teams in Russian Federation.

Jeremy Corbyn wrote: "A heartbreaking way to go out but won't forget what a great tournament it's been for @England".

There is a genuine sense of warmth between this squad and its followers. The coach even became an unlikely fashion icon.

"You left your heart on the pitch and deserve to be in the World Cup final", he wrote.

Paul Sealey, who is visiting the area, said: "The team will do all in their power to win".

"This was the dream, we could've made it, we could have done it".

And still they sang, long after the final whistle as midnight approached, about "drinking all your vodka". And the last time it played in the final four was 20 years ago, in 1998.

A timepiece at the national team's St. George's Park base has been counting down to the final in Qatar. "I want to win the World Cup - the Ballon d'Or is not my problem". We achieved success as a compact team who do not give in, who work for one another and this is maybe one of the best periods for Luka. "They have taken the nation with them". "Nobody believed this could happen at the beginning of the World Cup, but this team has really shown something in recent weeks".

England does not appear in semifinals very often. If you think Croatia has one more extra-time match in them, those +240 odds must look pretty appealing. "It's something to have got this far".

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