Dele Alli, Lingard blamed for England's 2-1 loss to Croatia

Dele Alli, Lingard blamed for England's 2-1 loss to Croatia

RTÉ have released their viewing figures for the game and they were massive - an average audience of 924,300 people watched the match with the peak figure reaching 1.12m. It is true that many ex-England footballers and current pundits have joined in with the fun, proclaiming that the Three Lions were going to win the World Cup.

But after seven successful years in the Middle East, Dalic was given a chance to rescue Croatia's faltering World Cup qualification campaign and the rest is history.

"I've been one of his defenders over the last couple of years when he's had his critics about because I know the player and I know the person", Gerrard said on BBC Radio 5 live.

Jose Mourinho believes England went the wrong way about taking their set-pieces against Croatia and therefore failed to get the best out of Marcus Rashford's abilities. I mean honestly he's an embarrassment for a World Cup semi-final.

"Any time I get an opportunity to play for England, I want to do that". Croatia's last two games went into extra time, which will surely play a factor in fatigue over the period of the game. They care. They care about playing for their country.

"Croatia's experience really told in the end".

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Chants by England fans during their semi-final defeat to Croatia on Wednesday are being investigated by the governing body.

When things clicked for Croatia they had the quality of Modric and Rakitic, who finally began to dictate the tempo and flow of the game as many had expected they would.

The Croats broke the English hearts when Mario Mandzukic beat Jordan Pickford after capitalising on some sloppy defending.

Captain Harry Kane, who leads the race for the tournament's golden boot with six goals, commented on how England have managed to get fans back on their side.

The Croatia manager was upbeat over his sides performance and said their high press on the England backline closed down John Stone and Henderson, nullifying their movement. During their semifinal match against England, the nation's capital Zagreb has been filled with jubilation.

It is the first time since 1998 that Croatia have reached this stage.

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