Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Dejected England, Belgium aim to leave World Cup on a high

Dejected England, Belgium aim to leave World Cup on a high

Vancouver's Croatian community is buzzing in the wake of the country's World Cup semifinal victory against England on Wednesday.

"When I was a player I had a very simplistic mindset". I don't realistically think any of us did. "We left everything out there". "You're disappointed because you lose the semi-final, and it's very hard to see the opportunity of playing another game as a positive", he said.

Rakitic has played 55 times for Barcelona this season and has made 15 appearances for Croatia.

"To celebrate, Pizza Hut Delivery is excited to gift our old acquaintance Gareth Southgate free pizza for life - something we hope he can share and enjoy with his team upon returning to the United Kingdom!"

"There are more commitments on the back of going out of the tournament as well".

"They've got to know the players a little bit better and realised the perception is different from the reality".

Federation Internationale de Football Association has revealed why Croatia escaped punishment after their first match in the 2018 World Cup against Nigeria.

"I have to say, for the first time this is an England team that for the first time have played with some level of composure and control in games, it has been high quality, and good watching them".

"He still sprints in the 115th minute, he tracks back, he leads the team, he is the man of the tournament", added the coach.

England arrived at this World Cup with the least experienced squad in terms of caps, but Southgate said the agony of losing was just as strong despite surpassing limited expectations.

"At the moment we all feel the pain of defeat", Southgate told press after the big loss on Wednesday.

"Did we expect to be in this position? I don't think realistically any of us did", he said.

This time around, we could see the stars play, or we could see some more reserves to get some guys some minutes, and that makes picking here hard. "It's too easy to move on quickly".

Gareth Southgate's penultimate meeting with the press sounded more like a World Cup debrief than a pre-match news conference ahead of Saturday's third-place game in Saint Petersburg.

"They have a day off and we'll assess them tomorrow".

"They don't want to get involved in keeping the ball and dominating possession".

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