England hailed as heroes after World Cup heartache

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In a modern sporting miracle, Croatia, a nation of just four million people, will play in the FIFA World Cup™ Final.

While Croatia fans began celebrating into the night in wild scenes of fireworks and frivolity in capital city Zagreb, their England counterparts walked home leaving a deserted mess of empty bottles and unwanted flags.

With their own bitter memories of past semi-final defeats in the soccer tournament, England and Croatia will be competing for a spot in Sunday's final against France. Prior to 2018, Croatia's best finish in the tournament was third in 1998, when Golden Boot victor Davor Šuker led Croatia past The Netherlands in the third-place match.

The Telegraph's front page called for England to "Hold your heads high" while the Guardian captured supporters' mood with the headline "The hurt goes on".

Hyde Park was a mess as everyone went home.

"We have to keep the same standard", Walker said.

And they were about 20 minutes away from the final, the game in their pocket, only for Ivan Perisic to equalise and turn the tide of momentum in Croatia's favour, with Mario Mandzukic netting the victor in extra time.

Some may see this as a negative, but England's set-piece prowess is only a good thing, as they look a threat at every corner and free-kick that they get.

This is the second personal tweet to come from Prince William during England's incredible World Cup run; after their impressive 2-0 win against Sweden last week, the future King allowed himself to dream and say those three small words that have been the country's mantra in recent weeks.

"Soccer, for Croatians, means a lot".

England soccer fans are left wondering what could have been at an empty Hyde Park in London.

Croatia fans celebrate at the end of the semifinal match between Croatia and England, in Zagreb. The majority of the players can play the next World Cup.

Eric Amsalem, a 48-year-old Croatian fan with his face painted in the colours of the national flag said: "It's a small country".