Here's the most painful part of England's World Cup semifinal loss

Russian fans serenade England star Dele Alli with impromptu musical show of support

Russian fans serenade England star Dele Alli with impromptu musical show of support

Croatia, in the end, were simply too good and too streetwise in the semifinal and their 2-1 victory was deserved, despite England's impressive start to the game.

"We are going to play England in the League of Nations (in October) and we don't have a proper stadium to play that game".

England were comfortable winners over Sweden in their last game, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli.

Not after they conquered their shootout demons against Colombia in the Round of 16, and not after Southgate and his staff went to great lengths to ensure his players would embrace the tiebreaker if England got the opportunity to change its luck.

Few are as accomplished as Croatia, even when they are on the brink of exhaustion following two successive penalty shootouts, and as England ran out of ideas, Luka Modric was able to pick holes in their defensive lines time and again. And while the young Lions - tied with Les Bleus as the greenest in the whole tournament - barely threatened for most of the next hour, it felt like Trippier's early strike would hold up against a exhausted team that had played nearly another full match in winning its first two knockout games from the penalty spot.

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

England were knocked out of the tournament by Croatia, and Kane looked a million miles away from his normal lethal self.

Croatia last reached the semis of a World Cup in 1998 and the moment wasn't lost on the Inter Milan man. I don't think any of them could have given any more.

The national football team of hosts Russian Federation managed to make it to the quarterfinals stage of this world championship, where Croatia edged them out in a 4-2 penalty shootout on July 7 at the Fisht Arena in Sochi.

"We are deservedly in the final", Croatia coach Dalic said. They have personality as players and as a team. They won a knockout game for the first time since 2006.

Yes, the conclusion had a familiar ring - but there was enough that was fresh and hopeful for the future that England's World Cup can be judged as a success.

England must now rouse themselves for the finale of the third-placed play-off against Belgium in St Petersburg on Saturday.

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.

During the day England fans were planning the best and least expensive way to get hold of a ticket for the final.