Soccer: Bitter defeat for England fans once again

Matt Reece, 25, who works in marketing, said England had far outperformed the low expectations of them when the tournament began

England fans looked downhearted after the match

Some England soccer fans sobbed while others looked to the future with confidence after their once-improbable dreams of a first World Cup final in more than 50 years were dashed by Croatia on Wednesday.

Some fans sobbed after the defeat

"We blew our chances," 17-year-old Josh Ogunde said after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near Trafalgar Square in central London as the disappointed crowds streamed home."I just believe we can come back another time, and I hope before I die I see England win the World Cup," Ogunde said.

England fans were left disheartened once again

Matt Reece, 25, who works in marketing, said England had far outperformed the low expectations of them when the tournament began."They've been unbelievable the whole tournament but at the end of the day, it was our best chance ever and we haven’t taken it," Reece said.

Disappointed fans after the match

After watching their team stumble at major tournaments for decades, often falling too much smaller nations, England supporters had begun to think that 2018 might be a different story.If they had beaten Croatia, England would have reached only their second World Cup final. In their other appearance, in 1966, in London, they entered popular folklore by beating West Germany, an achievement that many fans have long thought they would never see again.

Hopes dashed of England fans

Despite taking the lead early in the first half on Wednesday, England suffered the familiar story of World Cup heartbreak as Croatia equalised in the second half and then claimed the winner in the second period of extra time.

Croatia fans celebrated their victory

In Moscow, some England fans emerged from the Luzhniki Stadium in tears and being hugged by others while jubilant Croatian supporters celebrated around them."It was a good game. Croatia deserved to win," Mark Burcher, 50, said. Asked how far he thought the still young England team could progress in the next World Cup, he said: "This far, if not the final."