Too early to take positives for proud England boss Southgate


That was the first England game I have been to at this World Cup, and also the biggest England match I have been at since I played in the semi-final of Euro '96.

It was unbelievable to be a part of it, and seeing them all so happy has been one of the stand-out moments of my time in Russian Federation.

"I am Brazilian but I love Croatia since I was 5 years old!"

We had all got excited and dreamt that it would be us facing France in Sunday's final - but why shouldn't we dream? "They underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake". Although that would not be a sacrifice hahahaha, but since I cannot do it, I would offer my house to see Croatia world champion! "Everybody has come. It's the best feeling in a long time".

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And Perisic said: "It was a very hard game, we all know what at stake, how important a semifinal is for a small country like Croatia".

Ashley Young has expressed his dismay at missing out on playing in the World Cup final following Wednesday night's semi-final defeat to Croatia.

"I can be very happy with my life", Dalic said, adding that "without strong faith and that motivation, it would be very hard to achieve it". Since then I've been following all the matches in Croatia to this day!

And then it all went wrong. Another favourite is the current Croatian winger Ante Rebic. "I think he has been the player of the tournament regardless of the result on Sunday". Since 2014 he strives like never before and leaves all his love for Croatia on the pitch!

But instead England allowed Croatia to dictate the game.

"I rang about 10 tattoo shops trying to find someone to do it so early in the competition and eventually one in Castleford agreed", he says. One of the fans' heroes was Ivan Perisic, who scored the equalising goal in the second half, and struck the post a few minutes later.

Laura Grimes, of Cambridge University Press, said: "The huge amount of language data we've collected and analysed gives us fascinating insight into the mood surrounding the World Cup".

"Maybe (that was) a outcome of being ahead and being the least experienced team in the tournament with the chance to get to a World Cup final", he added. I will really do it! "The more experiences like this the more you I'm going to improve".

Imagine being so certain of England's footballing greatness you made a decision to get a permanent tattoo celebrating the Three Lions winning the World Cup.