Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Croatia v England watched by 1m in Wales

Croatia v England watched by 1m in Wales

Which is understandable. They have enjoyed a memorable tournament and the time to hear some home truths probably isn't just after such a bitter disappointment.

Like France, who matured after a quarter-finals exit in 2014 World Cup.

England's defeat was watched by more people than the All-Ireland hurling final between Galway and Waterford, any 2017 Six Nations game and Ireland's dramatic World Cup qualifier win over Wales.

"He has absolutely emptied the tank for both England and Liverpool this year". If public relations won the World Cup, England might be champions. On Wednesday night, Gareth Southgate's new England looked a lot like the old England we have seen fall short at tournaments in the past.

"English journalists, pundits from television, they underestimated Croatia and that was a huge mistake", Luka Modric told ITV . "I think they're the toughest competition for us in the World Cup". England took an early lead through a Trippier free-kick.

Croatia, in the final for the first time ever, are set to face France in Sunday's showdown, while England take on Belgium in the third-place playoff on Saturday.

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English players crowded the wall to confuse the Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subašić into thinking the ball could be drilled through a point on the left. They care. They care about playing for their country.

Vrsaljko cleared a John Stones header away from in front of the line, but England had Pickford to thank for a brilliant save as Mandzukic connected with a devilish Perisic cross. "I can finish my England career knowing that I have played every possible game I can play in the times I have been selected".

This isn't the first time someone has used "the evil media" as a false narrative to stimulate their players.

Dalic was asked by global reporters if his side would be exhausted for Sunday's final against France after playing extra-time for a third straight match - just as British journalists asked him if they would be exhausted after two lots of extra-time before the semi-final.

Overall, there are many more positives than negatives for England from the World Cup campaign.

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