Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

England fans go wild at Odsal

England fans go wild at Odsal

England lost the World Cup semi-final clash against Croatia last night, the nation was naturally disappointed but immensely proud.

"England fans in Hyde Park waste about $10,000 in beer on team's first goal against Croatia", suggested one sports reporter while tweeting out the clip.

Now the song, with its repeated chorus of "football's coming home", is a staple again, No. 5 this week on YouTube UK's top music videos chart with more than two million views on the day of England's last match.

Far beyond just a nickname, the collective history and shared narratives of both sets of Lions have taken an eerily similar course over the past 60 years.

"But equally we want to be a team that's hitting quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals - that was what we've aimed to do in the long term and we've proved that is possible".

The Juventus forward scored the victor in the 109th minute to send the tiny country of just 4 million people to their first-ever World Cup final, and couldn't say enough about the historic achievement after the match.

They were briefly silenced when Croatia equalised through Ivan Perisic in the middle of the second half.

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Tottenham have more players still at the World Cup than any other club in the Premier League, which could provide a problem for manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The Croatia right-back was substituted during extra time against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals, with Zlatko Dalic's side going on to prevail in a penalty shoot-out.

But many fans remained in good spirits and showed their support by singing a rendition of "I'm England 'till I die" after the game.

"I think that's maybe something for a couple of days time, at the moment we all feel the pain of this defeat", he told reporters. That match against West Germany had ended in a 1-1 draw, with England going on to lose the penalty shootout. Look at the fans there tonight, there was a lump in the throat and the hairs on my neck stood up watching the fans at the end.

"We were the better team in all aspects of the game", said Dalic.

This was only Croatia's second ever World Cup semi-final after defeat in 1998 to France and it is France they will face on Sunday in Moscow.

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