Southgate can't explain why England tried to score during Croatia celebrations

Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic celebrates scoring the winning goal against England in their semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow

Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic celebrates scoring the winning goal against England in their semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow

To compare those staggering numbers against the most watched TV programmes in 2017, it has the fourth biggest average viewership.

A late Mario Mandzukic victor sent England out of the World Cup at the semi-final stage, meaning their last game in Russian Federation will be a third-place play-off against Belgium on Saturday night.

Emphasis was placed before the game on the fact Croatia had needed extra time to see off Denmark and Russian Federation and that England, who beat Sweden 2-0 in the quarterfinal, were considered fresher - and were younger - going into the game.

Kane looks set to claim the Golden Boot as the World Cup's leading scorer, but the Tottenham star rarely looked like adding to his six goals against Croatia. In the end, England looked like a side that had overachieved in the tournament, thanks to a draw that helped them to avoid heavyweights. Unlike Denmark and Russia, England couldn't take Croatia to a penalty shootout.

You would think that everyone in Croatia wouldn't care what some people in England were saying prior to the semi-final after reaching the World Cup final, but that clearly is not the case.

England players applaud their fans after their semi-final match at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.

The 24-year old was only booked in the sixth minute of extra time for a mistimed tackle on Danny Rose, so despite constant calls for Croatia to be disqualified, there was no error - just plenty of confusion.

They were on course for their first final since 1966 when they took the lead through Kieran Trippier's superb early free-kick, but Croatia hit back through Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic in front of 78,000 spectators.

Croatia celebrated wildly following Mario Mandzukic's decisive victor in extra-time courtesy of some lax defending from England's John Stones.

The winners will play France in the final on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the majority of the country's media have exercised extreme caution in assessing their chances of going all the way - chances that a lot of them valued at zero as recently as the end of the group stages.

It's relating to the allegations that chants of "no surrender" from the England supporters last night.

He was also asked about his own path to the final, having left Croatia in 2010 to coach a new side in Saudi Arabia. That was the "little extra" which turned a 1-1 game of two halves over 90 minutes into their game to win - and win they did.

After England found their limits against Croatia, the challenge must be to get better if they are to be contenders for Euro 2020. Previously, Zagreb has been the major stage for protests against the government and often times the situation in it intensifies.

But despite the bitter disappointment, captain Harry Kane said England had restored pride during their run to the semi-finals and could use it as a springboard for success.

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