Regrets mixed with pride as England fans digest World Cup heartbreak

Lester Mason
July 12, 2018

Very early on, oddsmakers had the French as the favorites in Sunday's World Cup final.

The BBC says one of the two videos in which Vida appeared was posted online after Croatia beat host Russian Federation for the right to play in the semi-final against England.

England's shortcomings, the fault lines that have consumed them long before the semifinal stage in previous tournaments, remain the same as ever.

"What more could we ask for?"

France's forward Kylian Mbappe runs with the ball during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semifinal football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018.

BRIAN STRAUS: You've brought this up a couple times and obviously I'm sure we'll delve into it in the next few days but this [Croatia] team, this program, this federation is total chaos.

He said: "We thought we'd do well because you've got all the youngsters in now, you know there's no superstars where they just walk about, "I can do what I like".

As a group of ecstatic Croatian players and substitutes jumped over the hoardings at the side of the pitch, they knocked over the photographer, who became swamped by the celebrating team. There is nothing about Croatia, nothing, that represents any kind of blueprint or checklist. They won their first World Cup penalty shoot-out. And that really never really left second gear to get there.

"This team has a chance to write themselves into football folklore and London and the entire country will be cheering them on as loud as we can on Wednesday night".

"Trippier, Maguire, Jordan Pickford, I would put those three in a category where, before the tournament, I was thinking, 'Can they step up?" Maybe 14 but I think 13.

Sadly, it just wasn't meant to be for England at the 2018 World Cup.

In a World Cup replete with set-piece goals, a corner again proved decisive when Umtiti timed his run perfectly to meet Antoine Griezmann's delivery six minutes into the second half. It's a tough one but I've got to go with my roots and support the Croatian boys. That shows you everything. Basically, his story comes down to this federation in Croatia is chaos.

"No way will they have such an easy route next time".

France and Belgium are seen as the strongest teams left in the competition, which means the victor of Tuesday's match will head into the final as favourites to be crowned world champions.

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