Fans thank England for 'making nation dream'

Erika Holt
July 13, 2018

"We had hoped [for this] and we believed in our team, but the feeling when we finally entered the finals can not be compared to anything", said Croatia fan Ivan Kecerin.

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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.

And eight years previously, when Germany beat England 4-1 in South Africa, depriving them of reaching the final eight, the general consensus in the media appeared to be that England were outplayed.

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This time around, we could see the stars play, or we could see some more reserves to get some guys some minutes, and that makes picking here hard. It's been fantastic watching and feeling a nation who has been buzzing game after game.

While Croatia fans began celebrating into the night in wild scenes of fireworks and frivolity in capital city Zagreb, their England counterparts walked home leaving a deserted mess of empty bottles and unwanted flags.

When the final whistle blew, the Croatians ran straight to their fans, jumping into the sea of red and white. "No trophy this time but it feels like the start of something every Englishman could get used to".

But even though England are out, they've still had an unbelievable tournament.

However, fans said the side had "finished further than anyone dreamed".

They had only previously been in the World Cup semi-finals in 1966, when they won the title on home soil, and 1990 so Southgate said he was trying to balance his pride in his young team with remembering how rare such chances are.

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