Fans in Moscow devastated after England knocked out by Croatia

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By evening they had crashed down to earth, as by far their largest number of travelling supporters at the tournament saw the team lose to Croatia in extra time.

Jamie Redknapp delivered a criticism of Tottenham ace Dele Alli for his England display in the World Cup.

The draw at 90 minutes led to a heated extra time period with during which England's Dele Alli and Croatia's Ivan Rakitic almost came to blows.

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.

Though bilateral political relations between London and Moscow are at an all-time low, there were still plenty of Russians rooting for England in the stadium, not least because Russia and Croatia have their own beef, partially stemming from the warm ties between Moscow and Serbia.

Had Kane added to his six goals in Russian Federation with either of his back-to-back chances in the first half against Croatia on Wednesday, when England was dominating and led 1-0, he could yet be lifting the trophy on Sunday.

The 80,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium reverberated with the renditions of the national anthem, Three Lions (Football's Coming Home) and the fans' new favourite chant for manager Gareth Southgate to the tune of Whole Again by Atomic Kitten.

They were briefly silenced when Croatia equalised through Ivan Perisic in the middle of the second half.

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"We deserved to reach the final". For 70 minutes we battered them.

With the game's score tied as of this story's publish, chances are high there will only be more beer spilled as English - and Croatian - fans continue to root avidly for their country's success on the World Cup stage. We have two days to prepare.

"It's been an incredible run and I feel lucky to have been here for this match". Realistically, I don't think any of us did.

"We lived the dream".

"A couple of weeks ago, I would have taken this result", said another England fan.

The odds are already out for the 2018 World Cup final of France vs. Croatia on Sunday, but don't forget that there is also a game on Saturday.

"In the first half, give them credit they did play relatively well, in the second half bottle jobs. In extra-time we showed we are still able with the fatigue to play our game".

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