Faces of World Cup defeat: England reacts to heartbreaking loss

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In the beginning, it was quintessential England. In the end, it was quintessential Mario Mandzukic; it is the end of England’s magical World Cup run; and it is the continuation of Croatia’s.

Croatia, a country of just over 4 million people, advanced to its first-ever World Cup final with a dramatic 2-1 extra-time victory over the English on Wednesday.

Henry Bushnell

<p>England fan looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Simon Dawson </p>
The agony of World Cup loss

England fan looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

<p>England fans show their dejection following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) </p>
The agony of World Cup loss

England fans show their dejection following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

<p>England fan looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Simon Dawson </p>
The agony of World Cup loss

England fan looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

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<p>England fan looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Simon Dawson </p>
The agony of World Cup loss

England fan looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

<p>England fan looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Simon Dawson </p>
The agony of World Cup loss

England fan looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

<p>England football fans react after their defeat as they watch the Hyde Park screening of the FIFA 2018 World Cup semi-final match between Croatia and England on July 11, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.The winner of this evening’s match will go on to play France in Sunday’s World Cup final in Moscow. Up to 30,000 free tickets were available by ballot for the biggest London screening of a football match since 1996. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images) </p>
The agony of World Cup loss

England football fans react after their defeat as they watch the Hyde Park screening of the FIFA 2018 World Cup semi-final match between Croatia and England on July 11, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.The winner of this evening’s match will go on to play France in Sunday’s World Cup final in Moscow. Up to 30,000 free tickets were available by ballot for the biggest London screening of a football match since 1996. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

<p>England fan looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Simon Dawson </p>
The agony of World Cup loss

England fan looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

<p>England football fans react after their defeat as they watch the Hyde Park screening of the FIFA 2018 World Cup semi-final match between Croatia and England on July 11, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.The winner of this evening’s match will go on to play France in Sunday’s World Cup final in Moscow. Up to 30,000 free tickets were available by ballot for the biggest London screening of a football match since 1996. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images) </p>
The agony of World Cup loss

England football fans react after their defeat as they watch the Hyde Park screening of the FIFA 2018 World Cup semi-final match between Croatia and England on July 11, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.The winner of this evening’s match will go on to play France in Sunday’s World Cup final in Moscow. Up to 30,000 free tickets were available by ballot for the biggest London screening of a football match since 1996. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

<p>England supporters in Flat Iron Square in London react as they watch the 2018 World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
The agony of World Cup loss

England supporters in Flat Iron Square in London react as they watch the 2018 World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>England football fans react after their defeat as they watch the Hyde Park screening of the FIFA 2018 World Cup semi-final match between Croatia and England on July 11, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.The winner of this evening’s match will go on to play France in Sunday’s World Cup final in Moscow. Up to 30,000 free tickets were available by ballot for the biggest London screening of a football match since 1996. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images) </p>
The agony of World Cup loss

England football fans react after their defeat as they watch the Hyde Park screening of the FIFA 2018 World Cup semi-final match between Croatia and England on July 11, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.The winner of this evening’s match will go on to play France in Sunday’s World Cup final in Moscow. Up to 30,000 free tickets were available by ballot for the biggest London screening of a football match since 1996. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

<p>Football fans react as they watch England lose to Croatia at the Auto Trader World Cup semi-final screening in Castlefield Bowl on July 11, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. World Cup fever is building among England fans after reaching the Semi Finals of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images) </p>
The agony of World Cup loss

Football fans react as they watch England lose to Croatia at the Auto Trader World Cup semi-final screening in Castlefield Bowl on July 11, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. World Cup fever is building among England fans after reaching the Semi Finals of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)

<p>England fan looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Simon Dawson </p>
The agony of World Cup loss

England fan looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

<p>England fan looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Simon Dawson </p>
The agony of World Cup loss

England fan looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

<p>England fans react to World Cup loss. Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra </p>
The agony of World Cup loss

England fans react to World Cup loss. Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

<p>England fan looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Simon Dawson </p>
The agony of World Cup loss

England fan looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

<p>England fan looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Simon Dawson </p>
The agony of World Cup loss

England fan looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

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