England have reason to cry after semi-final defeat - Mourinho

England have reason to cry after semi-final defeat - Mourinho

- England's chances of reaching their first World Cup final since 1966 suffered a setback on Wednesday, July 11

- Trippier scored the Three Lions' lone goal in the first half but Perisic and Mandzukic turned the table around for Croatia

- Manchester United manager Mourinho believes the 1966 champions have done well this time around

England put up a spirited fight against Croatia in their semi-final clash, but failed to progress to the final after losing 2-1 in extra-time.

Keieran Trippier's superb free kick put the Three Lions ahead just five minutes into the game but Croatia's Ivan Perisic equalised late in the second half to send the game into extra-time.

Mario Mandzukic ensured the match didn't stretch into penalties after sending a left-footed shot past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the second half of extra-time.

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England have reason to cry after semi-final defeat - Mourinho

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Analysts had predicted wrongly that with Croatia having played extra-time in their two previous matches, England would have more fresh legs and would be favourites to win.

In a reaction on Russia Today, Mourinho stressed that the match was a missed opportunity for England.

He said although England had reason to cry, there was also reason for them to be excited and optimistic.

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The Man United coach said the Three Lion's young team could achieve great things in the near future.

“England have reason to cry because they were so close, but they also have reason to be optimistic.

“The team improved a lot in relation to previous appearances. It's a young team, the majority of the players will play in the next World Cup with more experience at club level," he said.

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Mourinho also urged the English FA to maintain Coach Gareth Southgate and his assistant, Steve Holland, in their jobs to enable them lead England in the upcoming Euros and the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

“If I was in charge of the FA there would be no doubt that I would keep Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland in their jobs and give them the chance to take the team to the next Euros and the next World Cup," he said.

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“The players and the squad, everybody involved in the World Cup, have a reason to come back home with pride after giving everything and making the country proud.”

Croatia, who defied the odds to qualify for their first World Cup final ever, will now play for a chance to win the trophy against France on Sunday.

England, meanwhile, will try to salvage some pride in their third place match against Belgium.

Legit.ng earlier reported that England's dreams of winning their second FIFA World Cup title came to an end on Wednesday following their 2-1 defeat to Croatia at the Luzhiniki Stadium in Russia.

The Three Lions took the lead after just five minutes into the game after powering a dead ball into the back of Subasic's net.

However, goals from Mario Mandzikic and Ivan Perisic ensured the 1966 champions endure their second defeat of the competition.

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