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The final blow was inflected when striker Mario Mandzukic put the Croatians 2-1 ahead in the 109th minute to send them through to the final.

When Ivan Perisic's equaliser hit the back of the net primal roars of triumph rang from the cafe terraces and through the open windows.

The third-place playoff at the World Cup is often dismissed as a pointless way for Federation Internationale de Football Association to fill TV space with two teams who just want to go home. "I have always wanted to be a football player of the Croatian national team like Eduardo da Silva, unfortunately, I could not fulfill that dream, now my biggest dream is to be the coach of the Croatian national team!"

England fans in Manchester stood in stunned silence as they lost to Croatia.

Southgate said of the crushing defeat to Croatia: "We knew the team we brought was the most inexperienced team in the competition and the only way we're going to boost that is by playing in more tournament games". For me, it is not news that Croatia could reach the final of the World Cup!

In 1990, three years before Kane was born, England also fell short at the semifinal stage - on penalties against West Germany. "I would play a final without a leg if necessary".

History in Turin had its echo in Moscow on Wednesday, and England's scorer 28 years ago, Gary Lineker, was at the Luzhniki Stadium to see it.

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Southgate, for his part, is committed to continuing the overhaul of the England squad and prior to the World Cup name-checked several young players who he has his eye on. The team needed Kane to use his head in stoppage time to get the victor. But it doesn't bother me what others say.

And equally as heartbroken fans responded to the post, with one writing: "My 7 year old son won't either, hes loved it and he cried last nite when we got beat, bless".

Against Croatia, when the late chance came again, Kane could only guide it wide. "Of course, nothing is going to make us feel any better". And that is a real feature of this generation of players.

England forward Marcus Rashford offered heartfelt praise to manager Southgate. Their pursuit will continue in the third-place game on Saturday in St. Petersburg.

Captain Modric admitted that his team had used the lack of respect shown by English journalists and pundits as motivation.

Callum Rusholme, 17, said just before the game began: "I remember my dad telling me when I was growing up about Italia 90 and the penalty shootout and how frightful it was".

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