Hopes dashed, England fans taste bitter defeat once again

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Croatia has defeated England and will advance to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final against France on Sunday.

Jordan Henderson has been one of England's best players in Russian Federation, but he was asked to do the job of two men at times.

Kane missed two golden chances in the space of five seconds in the first half, which would have put England 2-0 up and was virtually anonymous from the second half onwards.

Croatia won all three of their group stage games before needing penalties to overcome Denmark and Russian Federation and setup Wednesday's semi with England.

Ecstatic Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is confident tiredness will not be an issue for his side when they face France in the World Cup final despite once again coming through extra time to beat England on Wednesday.

Kieran Trippier has been a revelation as a defender and creator while Harry Maguire's "man of the people" persona has gone hand in hand with rapid development as an England defender.

"We've got to keep getting over those hurdles and I know we talked about the success of the younger teams but this is a much harder, much bigger level for the players and the belief is building as things are happening".

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But the cold hard truth is that England squandered its chance to reach the final.

You couldn't ask for anything more from the group of players.

But Raj Singh, a Canadian who supports England because he has relatives in Britain, said the team may have passed up their best opportunity in a lifetime to reach a World Cup final. They won their first World Cup penalty shoot-out.

This is often the World Cup's unwanted game and there is every chance, certainly as far as England is concerned, this will be used to give opportunities to those who have been so loyal in the shadows in Russian Federation.

"Hold your heads high": The Telegraph focuses on the positives of England's run and Kane's insistence that "this is just the start".

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