Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

How the British media reacted to England's World Cup exit

How the British media reacted to England's World Cup exit

Mario Mandzukic scored a poacher's goal in the 109th minute, latching onto Perišić's flick to put Croatia ahead and into their first ever World Cup final.

Kyle Walker delivered an upbeat appraisal of England's campaign in Russian Federation and proceeded to offer context by providing a comparison with previous tournaments in which he has been involved.

Laura Grimes, of Cambridge University Press, said: "The huge amount of language data we've collected and analysed gives us fascinating insight into the mood surrounding the World Cup".

"But I think we've built a house here now on good..."

"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".

But who was England's top performer at the World Cup? Did we feel we would be in this position? "The dressing room is a hard place at the moment".

"Having said that, what I will say is that I am remarkably proud of the group of players that have really advanced".

Jubilant Croatian fans honked their auto horns and let off fireworks while England fans sobbed and looked to the future with confidence after Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor took Croatia to its first World Cup final.

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

The fact remains, though, that on Sunday they will play the biggest match of their lives against a France side bursting with youth and vigour that has had a day more rest and played the equivalent of a match fewer over the knockout rounds.

"We've proved to ourselves that is possible and we've proved to our country that is possible".

"I can't go back for the final though, I've used up all my credits with my wife".

Asked about facing France, Dalic, the former Al Ain manager, said: "There is no weakness in a team that is in the final".

For the Dutch team, it was their first bronze medal in the World Cup after finishing as tournament runners-up in South Africa four years prior.

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. "Everyone was nervous, but when they got a second goal, everyone took so much confidence, everyone was up in the air, the club was full, there was a great atmostphere".

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