Veteran retires after Russia's quarter-final exit

We're tired but there can be no excuses: we've got to the semi-final, we're here to enjoy ourselves and give our all, we do not want to say we're worn out or exhausted.

"We have already accomplished something but this team can do more", he said. Croatia has never advanced to the championship match.

"Heartbreak for the Three Lions as they lose agonising semi-final against Croatia 2-1 after Kieran Trippier's fifth minute goal had millions daring to dream. only to have hopes dashed in extra time", the Daily Mail said.

"I couldn't imagine that I would finish my football career on such a high note!"

Spartak Moscow winger Alexander Samedov also confirmed he is retiring from worldwide football after Russia's defeat. Denis Cheryshev's brilliant strike for Russian Federation was cancelled out by Andrej Kramaric during the 90 minutes, before a dramatic late Mario Fernandes header saw Russian Federation level at 2-2 during extra-time after Domagoj Vida had nodded Croatia in front.

"I don't know what will happen if we win, probably nobody will go to work".

He also overcame missing a penalty in extra-time against Denmark, stepping up bravely minutes later to convert in a shoot-out. What then? Four years (and more) of cocky Brits bragging about a crown they were entitled to.

While semi-final excitement reaches fever pitch at home, what is it like to be an Englishman living in Croatia? "England with Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli do leave more space, because they're attacking players so they vacate the area of midfield".

"He is a fantastic player who can create magical moments and I think he has been one of the outstanding performers so far in this World Cup".

As some fans sunk to their knees in disappointment, 24-year-old sports coach Jaihon Sedgley said: "I am absolutely gutted but we go again in two years at the next tournament".

"Russia has shown the world what kind of championship we can have - the best in the world", said another fan. "We have two matches to play and we are very motivated".

There's no denying this England side have kept a cool head in the midst of all the madness at home. we won't say the torturous three words.

The game will kick off at the Luzhniki stadium, Moscow, at 11:30pm IST.

It was the plucky South Americans' second World Cup title, with the first coming on home soil in the inaugural edition in 1930. Everyone has been out on the streets celebrating what we've achieved and that is a great source of pride for us.

Vanessa Coleman

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