England hailed as heroes after World Cup heartache

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These are among the most popular words used to describe teams in this summer's tournament, according to research by Cambridge University Press.

France, then captained by current national coach Didier Deschamps, ended Croatia's dream run when they won 2-1 in the semi-finals before going on to claim the title. Germany then reached the semi-finals in their next five major tournaments - winning the World Cup in 2014 - before their shock group-stage exit in Russian Federation.

Had Kane added to his six goals in Russian Federation with either of his back-to-back chances in the first half against Croatia on Wednesday, when England was dominating and led 1-0, he could yet be lifting the trophy on Sunday.

The Croats needed extra-time and penalties for the second successive knockout game, beating Russian Federation last time, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see them tire at some point in this game.

England play Croatia Wednesday night at 7pm.

The Three Lions missed chances to extend their lead - Harry Kane hit the post when he tried to stuff a rebound past goalkeeper Danijel Subasic at the near post in the 30th minute - but they were generally in control of the match.

A former midfielder, Dalic repeated his claim that Croatia's progress to Russian Federation 2018's final was "a miracle" considering the country's population of just over four million people, its young but troubled history and the relative poverty of its domestic football infrastructure. Well, I would sacrifice many things!

Andy Bradley, 42, from Hull, East Yorkshire, was among the throng of despondent England fans leaving the Moscow venue.

"It's a huge step forward and they'll only get better in the future", he tweeted.

"But we are still going to be hurting because the game is only a couple of days away and we will still be thinking of the semi-final defeat and what could have been". They have given us so much to shout about. From there he moved to Saudi Arabia's biggest club, Al-Hilal, and then took charge of the United Arab Emirates' top side Al-Ain.

Laura Grimes, of Cambridge University Press, said: "The huge amount of language data we've collected and analysed gives us fascinating insight into the mood surrounding the World Cup".

Parv Moondi, 49, from Norwich, was heading out of the Luzhniki and back to central Moscow. We can at least defend two crosses.

I was sitting in the middle of our supporters and it was great to see, despite the disappointment of the result.

"I was in Nice to watch us lose too Iceland, I was in Kiev to lose against Italy".

With sound positioning and good attacking play including a special goal against Argentina, Pavard has exceeded expectation.

"I thank him for everything he did at Real Madrid". "Everybody has come. It's the best feeling in a long time".

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