It's all over: Dejected England fans left heartbroken after World Cup defeat

Freelance Writer
Yahoo News UK

England is waking up to an almighty hangover after Gareth Southgate and his squad crashed out of the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.

The country came to a standstill during the crucial match as the Three Lions lined-up against Croatia looking to keep the dream of bringing football home alive.

Kieran Trippier’s early free-kick put England on course for their first final since 1966, but Southgate’s men will not be able to replicate Sir Alf Ramsey’s heroes after Croatia staged a fightback to instead face France this weekend.

England players were quick to share their pain on social media with fans after the defeat, with captain Harry Kane telling his two million followers: ‘It hurts a lot. It will hurt for a while. We can be proud and we’ll be back. Thanks for all your support.’

England fans were crushed last night, crushed this morning, and will be crushed for some time yet.

Here’s how the country reacted to the loss.


<p>England fans in York take in the gut-wrenching defeat. (SWNS) </p>
Familiar feeling

England fans in York take in the gut-wrenching defeat. (SWNS)

<p>Supporters in Nottingham are left to pick up the pieces of another heroic but ultimately failed England World Cup campaign. (SWNS) </p>
Highs and lows

Supporters in Nottingham are left to pick up the pieces of another heroic but ultimately failed England World Cup campaign. (SWNS)

<p>A lone England fan sits on the pavement in Nottingham as the disappointing result sinks in. (SWNS) </p>
Time to reflect

A lone England fan sits on the pavement in Nottingham as the disappointing result sinks in. (SWNS)

<p>Three Lions fans had been hoping England would make their first World Cup Final in 52 years. (SWNS) </p>
Down and out

Three Lions fans had been hoping England would make their first World Cup Final in 52 years. (SWNS)

<p>A heartbroken England fan draped in a Three Lions flag reflects the sorrow of the nation. (SWNS) </p>
Heartbreak

A heartbroken England fan draped in a Three Lions flag reflects the sorrow of the nation. (SWNS)

<p>A dejected England fan in Birmingham comes to terms with the Three Lions defeat. (SWNS) </p>
Down and out

A dejected England fan in Birmingham comes to terms with the Three Lions defeat. (SWNS)

<p>A group of England supporters in Birmingham sit on the pavement minutes after the heartbreaking defeat. (SWNS) </p>
The dream is over

A group of England supporters in Birmingham sit on the pavement minutes after the heartbreaking defeat. (SWNS)

<p>Thousand who filled fan parks and bars nationwide were left disappointed by the semi-final defeat. (SWNS) </p>
Sinking feeling

Thousand who filled fan parks and bars nationwide were left disappointed by the semi-final defeat. (SWNS)

<p>In Bristol, there were similar scenes of disappointment as England’s defeat sank in. (SWNS) </p>
Tears for England

In Bristol, there were similar scenes of disappointment as England’s defeat sank in. (SWNS)

<p>This sad pair in Birmingham do the only thing they can do after the loss – nurse a couple of pints. (SWNS) </p>
Drowning their sorrows

This sad pair in Birmingham do the only thing they can do after the loss – nurse a couple of pints. (SWNS)

<p>Not everyone sat despondently – these fans in Birmingham cheered for England despite the loss. (SWNS) </p>
Onward and upwards

Not everyone sat despondently – these fans in Birmingham cheered for England despite the loss. (SWNS)

<p>A night out in Birmingham to watch the semi-final did not go to plan. (SWNS) </p>
Head in hands

A night out in Birmingham to watch the semi-final did not go to plan. (SWNS)

<p>The faces on these fans in Birmingham will be all to familiar to England fans. (SWNS) </p>
Been here before

The faces on these fans in Birmingham will be all to familiar to England fans. (SWNS)

<p>This England fan in Birmingham speaks for the whole country this morning. (SWNS) </p>
Crushed

This England fan in Birmingham speaks for the whole country this morning. (SWNS)

<p>A downbeat fan in Birmingham has an air of slight defiance at the result – and the Euros are next… (SWNS) </p>
Hold on hope

A downbeat fan in Birmingham has an air of slight defiance at the result – and the Euros are next… (SWNS)

<p>Fans in Birmingham seem shellshocked after Croatia snatched victory. (SWNS) </p>
How could it happen?

Fans in Birmingham seem shellshocked after Croatia snatched victory. (SWNS)

<p>This England fan has clearly had enough as he slumps on the ground in Liverpool. (SWNS) </p>
One too many

This England fan has clearly had enough as he slumps on the ground in Liverpool. (SWNS)

<p>It wasn’t to be in 2018 but this England supporter in Birmingham has the hat for next time. (SWNS) </p>
More years of hurt

It wasn’t to be in 2018 but this England supporter in Birmingham has the hat for next time. (SWNS)

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