Harry Maguire had taken to Twitter to thank England’s fans for the support that carried the Three Lions to the brink of the World Cup final.
Hull City defender played in all but one of England’s six World Cup games in Russia, missing the dead rubber tier against Belgium, but unfortunately their journey came to an agonising end last night in Moscow.
England took the lead five minutes into the game thanks to Kieran Trippier’s sumptuous free-kick, but Croatia hit back through Ivan Perisic and in extra-time Mario Mandzukic killed their hopes of a first World Cup final since 1966.
Slumped on the Luhzniki Stadium turf, the pain was as clear as day, for England had given their all in the World Cup they couldn’t dig that little bit deeper to fight back against Croatia.
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Nevertheless, while emotions were still raw last night the overwhelming feeling across the nation was pride and Maguire has taken to Twitter to thank the fans for their support in Russia and at home.
He wrote: “Your support throughout the tournament has been different class. The best fans in the world.”
England will now travel to St Petersburg, close to their base of Repino, where they will meet Belgium once more in the third place play-off fixture.