These Pictures Show England's Rollercoaster Ride Out Of The World Cup

    Football was nearly home, but then Croatia got in the way.

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    The England football team played Croatia in the semi-final of the World Cup on Wednesday.

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    It's the first time the team have reached the penultimate stage of the tournament since 1990, and honestly, nobody expected them to make it this far.

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    So as you can imagine, people across England were pretty pumped when the match kicked off.

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    England fans celebrates Kieran Trippier's goal as they watch the FIFA World Cup semi-final match between Croatia and England at Nottingham Castle.

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    England fans celebrate the match in London's Hyde Park.

    And when England scored a goal just eight minutes in, the crowds went wild.

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    Maybe, just MAYBE, football would finally come home.

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    An England fan in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia.

    People let themselves believe...

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    England fans celebrate in Moscow stadium.

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    England at BoxPark Croydon, in south London.

    They dared to dream.

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    A party at the XL Arena in Peterborough.

    But then in the second half, things took a turn.

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    Croatia scored. They equalised.

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    Fans at Ashton Gate.

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    Football was going in a different direction.

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    It got worse.

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    Hyde Park

    Croatia scored again.

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    And then that was it.

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    2018 FIFA World Cup football match, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - 11 Jul 2018

    With the sound of the final whistle, England's dreams were shattered as Croatia won 2-1, securing a place in the World Cup final against France on Sunday.

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    Fans after the match in Hyde Park, London

    Lock the door...

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    Fans are dejected following England's loss to Croatia in the FIFA World Cup semi final pictured at the Castlefield Bowl, Manchester.

    Turn out the lights...

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    Football is not coming home.

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    Manager Gareth Southgate and Captain Harry Kane had done their best.

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    But in the end, it wasn't enough.

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    Manager Gareth Southgate of England with Wife Alison after the game in Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.

    Next time, football. Next time.

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