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Heartbreak for fans as England fall just short in World Cup semi final

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Sadly, it just wasnt meant to be for England at the 2018 World Cup.

Despite a valiant effort, the team will come home without the Jules Rimet trophy after losing the semi final 2-1 to Croatia.

And while defeat is a huge disappointment, many people have marked the occasion by celebrating the historic showing by Gareth Southgates team.

Heartbreak for fans as England fall just short in World Cup semi final

England fans saw their hopes turn to dust as Croatia won the semi final (Picture: PA)

Soccer Football - World Cup - England fans watch Croatia v England - Brighton Beach, Brighton, Britain - July 11, 2018 England fans react during the match REUTERS/Toby Melville TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Joy turned to horror as Ivan Perisic equalised and Mario Mandzukic scored the winner (Picture: Reuters)

Disappointed England fans at the Archway in Digbeth, Birmingham, after watching their team go out against Croatia in the World Cup semi final, July 11 2018. *** Local Caption ***

England fans had dared to dream after a highly impressive tournament (Picture: SWNS)

To everyone who supported us.

To everyone who believed this time was different.

To everyone who wasn't afraid to dream.

To everyone who knows this is only the beginning.

Thank you. We hope we made you proud. #threelions pic.twitter.com/jH8lYMB2E0

— England (@England) July 11, 2018

Prince William, the president of the FA, led the words of thanks in a statement posted on Twitter.

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He said: I know how disappointed England must feel right now but I couldnt be more proud of this team and you should hold your heads high.

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Youve had an incredible World Cup, made history, and gave us fans something to believe in. We know there is more to come from this England team.

Prime Minister Theresa May echoed his comments, saying the team had made the country proud, and looked forward to the third place play-off against Belgium on Saturday.

She said: Wasnt to be this time but its been a great journey thats made the country proud. Well be flying the flag on Saturday.

I know how disappointed @england must feel right now but I couldnt be more proud of this team and you should hold your heads high. Youve had an incredible #WorldCup, made history, and gave us fans something to believe in. We know there is more to come from this @england team. W

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 11, 2018

Wasn't to be this time but it's been a great journey that's made the country proud. We'll be flying the flag on Saturday. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 #ThreeLions #CROENG

— Theresa May (@theresa_may) July 11, 2018

England soccer fans react after losing the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Hyde Park, London, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

A couple consoles each other among the debris at Hyde Park (Picture: AP)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: 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)

These two were not the only ones shedding tears on Wednesday night (Picture: Getty)

Others looked to the future, with BBC journalist Jeremy Vine tweeting: On the upside, Gareth Southgate is now free to be prime minister.

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Some fans have even called for the manager to be knighted after bringing the team so close to glory.

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There were scenes of heartbreak at the various fan parks across the nation, including at Hyde Park, where 30,000 gathered to watch the big game.

Many fans had tears in their eyes and were too upset to talk after the final whistle – but other pockets of the crowd hid their sadness to applaud the Three Lions.

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