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Selfless Raheem Sterling proves his worth to England despite semi-final defeat

Theo Walcott's hat-trick helped England to a 4-1 revenge win in 2008 Theo Walcott's hat-trick helped England to a 4-1 revenge win in 2008
Jan Ortega | 13 July, 2018, 19:53

Manager Gareth Southgate said England "left everything out there" after falling to an extra-time defeat by Croatia in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

Mario Mandzukic scored the game-winning goal for Croatia in the 109th minute, and while the team was celebrating, England tried to pull a fast one and score with Croatia's outfield players all off the pitch behind the English end line.

Here are 11 things we learned.

British Prime Minister Theresa May would like to host an event for the England team after they reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 28 years, her spokeswoman said on Thursday. I don't know of a smaller country in a World Cup final.

The Three Lions were off to a great start and were ahead just five minutes into the match, courtesy of a sensational free-kick from wing-back Kieran Trippier.

Locals were heard chanting "England's going home, they're going home" at the close of the game. Maybe England and the English media didn't do that this time. He hardly had touches in the first half as the English men did well to cut off passing lanes leading to him. Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli are more attacking, creative types, when the need for the more prosaic virtues of ball retention, tackling and intercepting became acute in the second half.

England's defeat was watched by more people than the All-Ireland hurling final between Galway and Waterford, any 2017 Six Nations game and Ireland's dramatic World Cup qualifier win over Wales.

Raheem Sterling was a key player for England in Russian Federation despite his lack of goals. The goal breaks the record of 8 set piece goals which was jointly held by England and Portugal in 1996. The players accepted the criticism they received, they took it on board and improved. That should tell you about the efficiency of the Croats.

The loss of control in that area meant Croatia could start to supply the unsafe wide man Ivan Perisic, who might have had a hat-trick.

"I can´t ask for more from the players".

In the end, the Croats did more to win. Shots from open play...

Henderson hasn't always been given the credit he deserves but his World Cup performances have just been too good for England fans to ignore.

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