Best Scottish Twitter reactions to England’s exit from the World Cup

Christian Williams in Southgate Road ready for tonight's semi-final clash

Former Sussex schoolboy Gareth Southgate suffered World Cup semi-final heartbreak after his England team lost 2-1 after extra-time against Russian Federation.

Graeme Souness has singled out midfield duo Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard as an example of why England are returning from the World Cup empty-handed.

Mario Balotelli responded to England's World Cup semifinal defeat to Croatia with a message on Instagram in which he said it was payback to all those who had insulted him down the years.

Despite taking an early lead, Croatia made it 2-1 in extra time where they secured a place in the final.

"We were louder, they were carrying us, they picked us up when we were not in control of the game", Dalic said of the supporters.

The Nice striker, 27, did have some positive words for England, as he praised Kieran Trippier's opening goal of Wednesday's match in Moscow.

"We had hoped [for this] and we believed in our team, but the feeling when we finally entered the finals can not be compared to anything", said Croatia fan Ivan Kecerin.

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The front pages are in stark contrast to how England's performance was portrayed in 2014, when the team were knocked out in the group stages - the first time since 1958.

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"We were planning to leave, but now we have to stay until Monday", said Sinisa Pavlek, a Croatian living in Germany as he emerged from the stadium with a broad smile on his face.

Southgate was reluctant to draw any positives from England's World Cup experience so soon after the crushing loss to Croatia, but said there obviously were many high points and pointed to a bright future for his young, talented squad after their success in Russian Federation.

Despite the potentially imminent tattoo remarkably Powell is still supporting England.

"Pride of Lions": A more defiant back page insists, "We're coming home but with heads held high" and "our time will come".

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