A look at how English media, fans and former players reacted to the nation's World Cup semifinal defeat to Croatia.

An England fans reacts after Croatia scored their side's second goal. Photo / AP
An England fans reacts after Croatia scored their side's second goal. Photo / AP

FANS

Elation to anguish as 300 English fans watch England get knocked out of the World cup by Croatia.

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Headline - It's all over

Report: "England's players fell to their knees in tears at the final whistle while millions of people watching at home were also left weeping after coming so close to getting to the final.

"Manager Gareth Southgate immediately walked onto the pitch and comforted his players after the heart-breaking defeat."

The Telegraph
Headline - Total heartbreak as Mandzukic scores in extra-time to sink our brave Three Lions

The Sun

Headline - You did us proud – England out of the World Cup as late Croatia winner breaks nation's hearts

Report: "Sheer heartache for Gareth Southgate's men as the veteran Croatia forward puts them ahead after 90 minutes but the Three Lions run out of ideas and will play Belgium for third place on Saturday".

The Times
Headline: England dream ended by Croatia fightback
Report: "... band of brothers will not return home with winners' medals around their necks, but they will come back with their heads held high. They gave everything last night against a hard-nosed, classy (Croatia)."

Times writer Matt Dickinson: "As if the national Health Service is not under enough strain already, the England football team decided to put millions through trauma."

"... band of brothers will not return home with winners' medals around their necks, but they will come back with their heads held high. They gave everything last night against a hard-nosed, classy (Croatia)."

The Mirror
Headline - Four more years of hurt – Three Lions heartbreak as England lose to Croatia in extra time

TEAM REACTION

England boss Gareth Southgate to ITV: "First half we were really good and we had chances. We lost our way a bit after their goal. Possibly at that moment we were hanging on a bit rather than trying to control the game.

"We got the control back in extra time and showed composure. Knockout football is fine margins.

"When you have spells in a game against a quality side you have to make them count. We needed a second goal.

"I think we were looking at how we might stem the tide but there weren't clear changes we could make to change it. We just needed to show more composure. We stopped playing for a period of 20 minutes in the second half."

England captain Harry Kane: "It was a tough game, 50/50 game...I'm sure we'll look back at stuff we could have done better. It hurts a lot...it will hurt for a while.

"We had good chances at one to nil up. We got a bit deep at times. Hard to say (what went missing in second half). They played well and made it difficult for us.

"Great to get to this stage but we wanted to go on and win it. We felt we were good enough but we fell a bit short. It hurts.

"It shows how we can be up here, can get to semifinals. The next step is to go one further. Great foundation.

"We're proud of what we achieved but wanted more. We have to dust ourselves down and go again in a couple of years."

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