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England, meanwhile, "blew our chances", said 17-year-old Josh Ogunde after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near Trafalgar Square in central London as the disappointed crowds streamed home.

Even before his goal, Mandzukic had spent some minutes on the turf after a collision with England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and an agonising attack of cramp left him once again prone on the pitch in the wake of his decisive strike.

Belgium won 1-0 and were rewarded with games against Japan, Brazil and France while England played Colombia, Sweden and Croatia but the end result for both sides was the same - semi-final elimination.

Gareth Southgate's side took the lead early on, and could have scored more in the first half, but ultimately failed to contend with the momentum of the Croatians as the game entered its pivotal stages.

The Three Lions had a dream start to their first semifinal since 1990, with Kieran Trippier netting from a free kick in the fifth minute.

Andy Bradley, 42, from Hull, East Yorkshire, was among the throng of despondent England fans leaving the Moscow venue.

"We showed character and mentality, it was very hard for us tonight".

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He said he quickly picked up his camera and started taking photos of the players - from close up, or rather close down. I am very happy for my players. "I've been to lots of failures and I thought this was the time ".

"Semi-finals, they've done what they had to do, they took us to the semi-finals". For 70 minutes we battered them.

He said: "It feels incredible, especially after everything that was said about us before the game". We're going to celebrate, to rest and then we will prepare for France.

"I'm still heartbroken and never felt so gutted". That felt so good for us here in Russian Federation, and united us more and more, just like it did in our country. "We played today better than against Argentina".

John Ryan, 33, from Coventry, was also in the Luzhniki to witness the defeat.

The Croatian Football Federation issued a press release where they announced that they have invited the 1998 team to Sunday's final.

"We've come an incredibly long way in a short space of time".

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