Dejan Lovren makes SHOCK revelation after Croatia beat England

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England coach Gareth Southgate said his team set a "new benchmark" by narrowly falling short of a place in the World Cup final.

Playing in their first World Cup semi-final since 1990, England took a fifth-minute lead through Kieran Trippier's superb free-kick.

But many of these players have come of age on an worldwide stage.

Croatia beat England to book their place in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.

And the Liverpool defender cheekily said that it has something to do with the parents across the country.

Crowds gathered at locations including London's Hyde Park, Millennium Square in Leeds, Nottingham Castle, and Birmingham's Archway outdoor cinema.

England play Croatia Wednesday night at 7pm.

"In the first half, give them credit they did play relatively well, in the second half, bottle jobs".

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Not just an experience, but a challenge that I've set for myself. "I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment". The final last-eight clash is unlikely to feature too many rallies, with John Isner taking on Milos Raonic.

He said: "I just feel so disappointed". I couldn't be prouder with what they've done.

A first World Cup final since 1966 and a showdown with France agonisingly slipped away.

We'll have to see how the teams look when starting lineups post, but for a second time this cup, Belgium is the favorite against England and should continue to be, unless Belgium rests its stars and England players its big boys.

Harry Kane was not on his game at the Luzhniki Stadium, Dele Alli failed to make an impact and the centre-halves looked shaky at stages under the pressure from Croatia after the break.

"I took Liverpool to the Champions League final and now with my national team I am in the World Cup final".

"I've been to lots of failures and I thought this was the time".

"Heroes" There's plenty of sympathy in defeat from The Mirror, which offsets the image of Jamie Vardy and Dele Alli crouched on the turf at the final whistle with the message, "We're proud of you all".

The World Cup in Russian Federation has thrown up some stunning twists, turns and shocks, so it's perhaps fitting that its final game will feature the smallest nation to appear in the last stage of the tournament since 1950. These are good kids, hopefully they will win it for us.

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