England cop $70,000 fine after World Cup loss

Angelo Anderson
July 12, 2018

Lovren played alongside Sterling for a season at Anfield and he bore the expression of someone who had been skinned by him once or twice before in training when he was beaten in a footrace by the touchline before ultimately committing a foul on England's No.10.

"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 Ivan Kecerin, 41.

The script that said Croatia was exhausted and England would take advantage, seemed to play out early.

The Three Lions suffered an extra-time 2-1 defeat at the hands of Croatia in Moscow, after a roller-coaster game which saw England take an early lead through Kieran Trippier, only for a second-half equaliser from Ivan Perisic to take the game to extra time and set up Mario Mandzukic's late victor.

England players were shattered at the result. Croatian fans were elated; English fans fumed, claiming the goal should've been disallowed because of a high kick. "It's unlucky we couldn't bring it home for them, but hopefully there's time in the future".

"We showed again that we were not exhausted, we dominated the game physically, mentally in all aspects".

Croatia will meet France in the 2018 World Cup final after a come from behind victory over England in the semi-final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

"I can't ask any more of them than what the players and staff have given". It's been a fantastic journey. "We got further than anyone else could thought we would have".

"It hurts. I don't know what else to say".

"We gave it everything, I know we're gonna look back and say we could have done this and what but at the end of the day it was small margins in a big game and it didn't go our way today", said striker Kane, now the tournament's top scorer with six goals.

"The more of these tests we can come through, the better, not just for now, but moving forward".

"We created some good chances when we were 1-0 up, maybe we dropped a little too deep but we didn't get enough pressure on the ball".

Federation Internationale de Football Association announced on Thursday that so far all doping tests conducted before and during the World Cup have yielded negative results. There will be legitimate questions about how much they have left in the tank.

It was a painful defeat for Belgium, foiled at the semifinal for the second time in their history, as the clock ticks on their so-called "golden generation" of players. We're the guys who are running on the pitch but he's the backbone of this team.

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