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World Cup 2018: It's not coming home but Three Lions will reach soon, say Twitterati

A Croatia fan holds up a sign during the match in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team Moscow, Russia Jul 12, 2018, 05.59 PM (IST)

Croatia defeated England 2-1 in the semi-final as Mario Mandzukic's extra-time goal fired Croatia into the World Cup final for the first time in history. With the stunning victory, "the Vatreni" broke hearts of Gareth Southgate's young Lions and thousand other English fans.

"The Three Lions" were much hyped before the game as they have displayed a spectacular performance in this tournament. From football pundits to spectators, everyone predicted that England will sail through to the final.

The phrase "it's coming home" went viral on various social networking sites. The popular phrase is taken from the song "Three Lions" by two TV presenters David Baddiel and Frank Skinner and band The Lightning Seeds.

Despite taking the lead early in the first half on Wednesday, England suffered the familiar story of World Cup heartbreak as Croatia equalised in the second half and then claimed the winner in the second period of extra time.

In Moscow, some England fans emerged from the Luzhniki Stadium in tears and being hugged by others while jubilant Croatian supporters celebrated around them.

After terrific Croatia's win, "it's coming home" memes took a sad, depressing turn and Twitterati started taking a jibe at the English fans by posting, "it's not coming home, never was, never will"

England will now take on Belgium for a third-place fight. Harry Kane looks set to claim the Golden Boot as the World Cup's leading scorer, but the Tottenham star rarely looked like adding to his six goals against Croatia.

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Southgate said the players were deeply disappointed, but that his young team could achieve great things in the years to come, with the European Championship just two years away.

"It's impossible to say anything to make the players feel better at this moment in time," said depressed England's head coach, Gareth Southgate.

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