Celebrities say England team did country proud after semi-final defeat

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England were beaten 2-1 by Croatia on Wednesday in Moscow, going down to Mario Mandzukic's extra-time goal having gone ahead in the fifth minute through Kieran Trippier.

There's no telling how long that suspicion will last.

After winning a few yards outside the box just five minutes into the match, Kieran Trippier sent home a handsome free kick to give England an early 1-0 lead as the Three Lions fight for the chance to play France in the final. "There's nothing better than getting an early goal but we needed the next one". But many more brought out the fun of being a soccer fan with a slew of hilarious memes and jokes poking fun at England.

Haris Medunjanin scored a pretty goal and Cory Burke netted twice, and the Union won a wild, back-and-forth 4-3 draw win over the Fire on Wednesday.

Hurting England players helped console their heartbroken supporters in the stands as their World Cup dream came to a cruel end.

England's World Cup dream is over and while the right fans are focusing on the future of the very young squad which Gareth Southgate has at his disposal, there are some who chose to react to the Three Lions' semi-final defeat to Croatia by lashing out at the players who underperformed on Wednesday night.

But despite the heartbreak, they and manager Gareth Southgate have reconnected many people with the national team.

It meant another World Cup semifinal heartbreaker for England, only this time the game was under control before it was lost. Croatia deserved the victory. For England, the end still felt premature.

With such a modest population, they are the smallest country to get to a World Cup final since Uruguay back in 1950, and in the modern game it is a staggering achievement. "France are a young team, Brazil are young", he said.

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Comedian Rob Beckett said he had a ticket to the final up for grabs, because he had bought it thinking England would make it all the way. They were a joy to watch. Their four-nation group was so weak that Southgate could afford to rest his starters after wins against Tunisia and Panama. It's a great foundation we have built over the last couple of years with the gaffer, and we've just got to carry that on.

Vida and a team official, both of whom used to play for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev, appeared in a pro-Ukraine video posted shortly after Croatia knocked Russian Federation out of the tournament.

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