Four of the best: who will win the Golden Ball?

Four of the best: who will win the Golden Ball?

Four of the best: who will win the Golden Ball?

England lost to Croatia in the World Cup semifinals.

The bar exploded after just five minutes when England's Kieran Trippier hit a wonderful free kick into the top right hand corner to give England the lead.

"They did not look like a side who were playing extra time for a third time in a row".

"We were 20 minutes from a World Cup final - that is going to live with me forever, there is no doubt about that".

As expected, tonight's match proved to be an entertaining one for the neutrals and a stressful experience for English supporters, who have always been claiming that this is the year it finally comes home again.

According to RMC Sport, though, Perisic's heroics in the semi final may have come at a cost to his side and his own ambitions for featuring in the showpiece event in Moscow.

England had only ever played there once (a 2-1 defeat to Russian Federation back in 2007), and it seems like the curse / losing streak is destined to continue for the time being.

Gareth Southgate's England team were hailed as heroes by British media, who acclaimed their achievement rather than dwelled on disappointment after their heartbreaking World Cup exit on Wednesday.

Niall McCarthy from Forbes reported that $391m of this goes to teams to be spent on tournament preparation and medical insurance for potential player injuries.

"We want to win", he said. "I've done my best out here".

They had only previously been in the World Cup semi-finals in 1966, when they won the title on home soil, and 1990 so Southgate said he was trying to balance his pride in his young team with remembering how rare such chances are.

England arrived at this World Cup with the least experienced squad in terms of caps, but Southgate said the agony of losing was just as strong despite surpassing limited expectations.

Fabian Delph echoed his manager's sentiments and is the only member of the group to have got a taste of the excitement back home, having returned to England for the birth of his third daughter. We're gutted, we've worked so hard and the fans were awesome.

With Serbia eliminated earlier in the tournament, former Wimbledon champion Djokovic caused a stir when he said he would support Croatia in their semi-final against England.

"If I'm honest, before the tournament I didn't expect them to do so well but we always want them to progress as far as they can".

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