Confession: I Actually Felt Sorry For England
Gareth Southgates Side Lose 2-1 To Croatia09:22 Thursday 12 July 2018, 9:22 12 Jul 2018
England are preparing for a World cup third placed playoff against Belgium on Saturday instead of a World Cup final against France on Sunday.
Their hopes of lifting the trophy for the first time since 1966 came to an end with a 2-1 extra-time defeat to Croatia in Moscow.
Despite a great first half, the Chariot crashed and burned as they lost 2-1 in extra time to Croatia in Moscow.
Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute.
England - in their first World Cup semi-final since they were beaten on penalties by West Germany at Italia '90 - were given the perfect start through Kieran Trippier's 20-yard free-kick after only five minutes.
But Ivan Perisic's 68th-minute equaliser sent the match into extra time and Croatia kept their cool to advance to the final in Moscow against France on Sunday.
Despite the 800 years and on a day when Harry and Megan visited GAA HQ I had a confession to make!
Sympathy for England. Had the chances to win it.— Paul Collins (@paulcollinstipp) July 11, 2018
Not everyone was buying it though!
Ur phones been hacked Paul....— eamonn mckenna (@eamonnmckenna36) July 11, 2018
Thankfully our relationship with the Old Enemy has moved into the realm of good natured humour now and it was in evidence in Kildare.
Waiting for 🚂 at 6:20am, just 3 of us on platform & tannoy suddenly blasts Three 🦁s 'It's Coming Home, it's Comin....' b4 interrupted by sarcastic voice saying 'Yeah......to FRANCE!' 🤣We're still crying! Tx to my fav man in @IrishRail. Gotta ❤️ Ireland gotta ❤️ #WorldCup— cliona foley (@ponyyelof) July 12, 2018
Whatever your views on him Roy Keane's great for a heated tv debate either involving him or not.
He was slated in some quarters for bringing our neighbours down to earth.
What will we be talking/tweeting/debating next week when it's all over? Oh ya. Love Island!
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