England's bid to reach a first World Cup final since 1966 came to an end in the last four as they lost in extra time to Croatia in Moscow.
Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute, slotting in from Ivan Perisic's flick-on into the area.
Perisic's volley sent the match into extra time after Kieran Trippier had given England a fifth-minute lead with a sublime free-kick.
Unfancied before the competition, Gareth Southgate's young side defied expectations by reaching the semi-finals but were undone by an experienced Croatia side.
England, playing in their first World Cup semi-final since 1990, got the perfect start through Trippier's brilliant free-kick and Croatia was finding it extremely difficult to deal with England's high-tempo game.
'Pinpoint' Trippier free-kick gives England early lead
Harry Kane could have doubled the lead but was denied by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and Jesse Lingard placed a shot wide from a good position.
Croatia grew into the game in the second half and equalised through Perisic, and the Inter Milan winger hit the post with a low drive shortly after.
In extra time John Stones saw a header cleared off the line, while Pickford made a brilliant save from Mandzukic's close-range effort - but the Everton man could do nothing about the winner.
England will now play Belgium in Saturday's third/fourth place play-off in St Petersburg. (The Star)
Comments - 6
Sri Lankan living in London Thursday, 12 July 2018 07:06 AM
In Londo right now,we Asians are little apprehensive what the white English foot ball fans might do to us as they have a tradition of taking out on the Asians whenever they loose in football matches. But back home in Sri Lanka the people are not aware of these and they think of England in terms of Shakespeare,Royalty,and Oxford and Cambridge.
Jiff Thursday, 12 July 2018 09:09 AM
well some sri lankans like to get it from white british. They never complain about racism in england but quick to complain racism in sri lanka.
Lankan Thursday, 12 July 2018 09:18 AM
Who ask you to stay in UK if they are not good
Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 12 July 2018 07:32 AM
Congratulations CROATIA for reaching the final of 2018 World Cup Soccer final. ENGLAND, take heart, you can carry on with the schedule of Wimbledon Men’s Final on Sunday without any change of timing.
vijaya Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:41 AM
Super!!!!! Well done, congratulations Croatia. We smaller nations are with you. You brought down the empire.
Waco Thursday, 12 July 2018 10:08 AM
Weldone Croatia. Congratulations!
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