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Best Scottish Twitter reactions to England’s exit from the World Cup

There were stories I knew wouldn’t be true’ – England boss Southgate on World Cup hosts Russia Fans in Moscow devastated after England knocked out by Croatia
Cary Erickson | 12 July, 2018, 19:42

And because BA were clearly really going for it, customers were also given boarding passes with customer name "Football" and destination "Home", which we'd imagine might fetch a bob or two on eBay should England come out triumphant.

Kieran Trippier's early free-kick put England on course for their first final since 1966, but Southgate's men will not be able to replicate Sir Alf Ramsey's heroes after Croatia staged a fightback to instead face France this weekend.

Croatia now have the chance to take revenge on France after losing 2-1 in Paris when the sides met in the semi-finals back in 1998 - Dalic travelled to that World Cup as a fan.

"We were anxious", Katich said.

"Did we expect to be in this position?" "I don't think so".

Southgate was speaking ahead of England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday - the Three Lions' first appearance at this stage of the tournament in 28 years.

"The dressing-room is a really hard place at the moment". And that is a real feature of this generation of players.

The Croats needed extra-time and penalties for the second successive knockout game, beating Russian Federation last time, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see them tire at some point in this game.

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"And, yeah, there will in time be a lot of positives to take".

Numerous photos show the players embracing Southgate.

"It's too easy to sometimes move on too quickly". This shows character and is what makes me proud.

"They have broken through a number of barriers over the last few weeks".

England secured their biggest major tournament win in Russian Federation, as well as winning their first World Cup penalty shootout and first knockout match since 2006 en route to just their third ever semi-final in this competition.

Southgate was reluctant to draw any positives from England's World Cup experience so soon after the crushing loss to Croatia, but said there obviously were many high points and pointed to a bright future for his young, talented squad after their success in Russian Federation. Asked how far he thought the still young England team could progress in the next World Cup, he said: "This far, if not the final".

"Every city we've played in, and our base in particular, but everywhere we've played, we've had a really warm welcome, the organization of the tournament has been absolutely first-class".