Semi-final loss will hurt for a while, admits England captain Kane

Semi-final loss will hurt for a while, admits England captain Kane

Semi-final loss will hurt for a while, admits England captain Kane

"There's a lot we could have done better, but they played well and they made it hard for us".

"We created some good chances when 1-0 up and maybe we dropped a bit deep at times, we didn't get enough pressure on the ball", Kane said after the match. It is a great experience for us, and we got to learn from it. 'We worked so hard, the fans were unbelievable, it was a tough game, a 50-50 game, when we look back we will think there's stuff we could have done better. There are a lot of ifs and buts, in these games it's small margins. There's a lot we could have done better.

Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute of the semi-final to secure a 2-1 win after extra-time in Moscow. If England beats Croatia on Wednesday, they face France in the final on Sunday. Still we have a great foundation now for future wins.

"We shouldn't be surprised that Croatia are in the last four at a World Cup, given the quality of players", said Dalic, who only took over as coach towards the end of their qualifying campaign.

It all looked positive for the Three Lions when Kieran Trippier netted with a stunning early free-kick, but England's failure to turn first-half possession and chances into a much-needed second goal ultimately cost them.

Kane is now leading the race to win the World Cup Golden Boot, having scored six goals in Russian Federation so far, with two games left to play. "His team-mates play at top clubs, it's going to be a hard task but if we're ready to give our all on the pitch like against Argentina, if we're compact, I don't believe there will be problems".

There are concerns that fatigue could be a factor for Zlatko Dalic's side, given they were forced to come through 120 minutes and penalties against both the hosts and Denmark in the last two rounds.

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