Danny Dyer and more mourn England's World Cup loss

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Wednesday (July 11) World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia was not a fun experience, as the dreams of a country turned into a nightmare with the slow realisation creeping over us all that football wasn't coming home after all.

Before we get there, let's cast out mind back to the early moments of the match. With the boys going up 1-0 within just five minutes, the nation believed in miracles, but as Mario Mandzukic's left foot swept the winner past Jordan Pickford, the floor seemed to sink.

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Held in Moscow, the match was off to a flying start as Kieran Trippier floated a beautiful free-kick into the Croatian top corner to send English fans into euphoria. Social media instantly erupted as the England players celebrated on-field.

Geordie popstar Cheryl was caught unawares during the goal, having tuned into the match 10 minutes post-kick-off.

But the lead wasn't to last long. As Croatia's equaliser sent the match to extra time, Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan's nerves were in tatters as he hung on every kick. Surely the lads could salvage a famous victory?

Mandzukic had other ideas, however, as he latched onto a looping header to score the game's third and final goal for Croatia. Tweets were undoubtedly smashed into keyboards as the country fell into despair. Some users sought to find amusement or distraction in the situation though, which we can't blame.

As the final whistle echoed around the Russian stadium, many famous Twitter user took the opportunity to congratulate the Croatian team and offer words of support for Gareth Southgate's men.

With the players and coaching staff returning home as heroes, thoughts of the Qatar World Cup in 2022 will most likely be on their minds.

Maybe next time lads. For now, we'll just be over here grumbling about This Morning's psychic pig Marcus lying to us...

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