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Croatia become smallest nation to reach World Cup final since 1950

13 July 2018

A collection of front pages after England loses to Croatia in the World Cup.

Trippier, the England goal-scorer, was injured in the second overtime and could only watch from the bench as the clock ran on England's dream of returning to the World Cup final for the first time since 1966.

Fans stationed behind the goal roared as a young boy wearing the Peresic name ran a scintillating line from nearly halfway to score in a packed away net.

It was the plucky South Americans' second World Cup title, with the first coming on home soil in the inaugural edition in 1930.

"They played their best, it obviously wasn't to be".

England, meanwhile, "blew our chances", said 17-year-old Josh Ogunde after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near Trafalgar Square in central London as the disappointed crowds streamed home.

Politicians also added their praise, with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeting: "A heartbreaking way to go out but won't forget what a great tournament it's been for England".

Even if the result is quickly forgotten by the fans, it will be remembered in English Premier League locker rooms.

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Asked if he would value Wenger's advice when it comes to the squad, he added: "Each coach needs to know the players". Although Wilshere was allowed to leave, Emery hopes that Aaron Ramsey will commit to a new contract at the club.

"They've been unbelievable the whole tournament but at the end of the day, it was our best chance ever and we haven't taken it", Reece said. Walker can face Manchester City teammates Vincent Kompany and Kevin de Bruyne, while Tottenham boasts three players for Belgium and five for England.

"We are in the final".

"Unfortunately, we just came up a bit short".

"But I think we've built a house here now on good..." What more could we ask for?

Unsurprisingly, "Southgate" is one of the top three words linked to England, with the manager becoming a national hero, while the other two are "fresh" and "confident". Several Croatian players appeared concerned for his safety and once his well-being had been established, defender Domagoj Vida planted a kiss on his forehead before running back onto the pitch.

Wednesday night's game was England's first semi-final in 28 years, after the 1990 squad were defeated by West Germany in a penalty shoot-out.

"A couple of weeks ago, I would have taken this result", said another England fan.

Croatia become smallest nation to reach World Cup final since 1950