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

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

It all started so well for Gareth Southgate's men after Kieran Trippier's sublime free-kick gave them the lead on five minutes and for the majority of the first-half, Croatia struggled to get with the pace of the game.

Luka Modric accused the English media of underestimating Croatia after their 2-1 World Cup semifinal victory on Wednesday evening.

Devastated England fans after Croatia scored the winning goal.

England manager Gareth Southgate addressed his players and staff at their base in Repino on Thursday following their crushing World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia.

"After the experiences of the matches with Colombia and Sweden and the whole thing, it's probably beyond where we thought we might be able to go, so tonight in the end, we weren't quite there".

It was his first goal for his country, England's 12th of the tournament and ninth from a set-piece, but they should have added more from open play as they revelled in the space they were being given in the first half. Not only did he equalise with a courageous piece of finishing, he took full advantage of Walker's poor headed clearance to flick a header on for Mandzukic to swoop in and send Croatia to the final.

England, playing with zip and objective, looked sharp going forward as a rattled Croatia side tried to regroup, with Raheem Sterling proving a real handful but the score remained 1-0 at the break.

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This kind of scenario has come up on a couple other occasions during the World Cup, with the idea being, according to International Football Association Board rules, that one player must be on the opposing team's side field or else a quick restart can be taken while teams are celebrating.

"We worked as hard as we hurts, it hurts a lot and it will hurt for a long time".

Trippier was scoring his first ever goal for England, and he also rewarded those who had backed him at a high of [75.0] in the First Goalscorer market. But we've fallen just a bit short.

Southgate claimed England "broke through barriers" during their World Cup campaign in Russian Federation.

"England's four and a half weeks at the World Cup deserves a little better".

It was a painful defeat for Belgium, foiled at the semifinal for the second time in their history, as the clock ticks on their so-called "golden generation" of players.

France can be crowned world champions for the second time in their history on Sunday and now lead the Euro 2020 betting at 4/1 (5.0).