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Tearful England fans spend the night drowning their sorrows after nation's World Cup dream ends in despair once again despite wave of hope in month-long party

  • England fans have woken up wishing last night was a bad dream after Three Lions crashed out of World Cup
  • Crushed supporters were last night pictured drowning their sorrows and in tears up and down the country 
  • People were left devastated as Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic scored a second goal to take the lead

By Amie Gordon For Mailonline

Published: 03:39 EDT, 12 July 2018 | Updated: 04:17 EDT, 12 July 2018

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Crushed England fans have woken up wishing last night was a bad dream after the Three Lions crashed out of the World Cup. 

People drowned their sorrows in pubs up and down the country as their dreams were shattered after three weeks of historic goal-scoring, celebrations and lifted spirits.

Fans were left devastated as Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic scored a second goal to take the lead in the second half of extra time and streets were filled with people holding their head in their hands after the 2-1 loss.

Crushed: Fans consoled one another in London's Hyde Park, which showed the game on a giant screen
Crushed: Fans consoled one another in London's Hyde Park, which showed the game on a giant screen

Crushed: Fans consoled one another in London's Hyde Park, which showed the game on a giant screen

England fans simply sat down on the kerb and in the road in Broad Street, Birmingham, once the game ended 
England fans simply sat down on the kerb and in the road in Broad Street, Birmingham, once the game ended 

England fans simply sat down on the kerb and in the road in Broad Street, Birmingham, once the game ended 

Intoxicated fans were seen scaling traffic lights and blocking traffic in Birmingham 
Intoxicated fans were seen scaling traffic lights and blocking traffic in Birmingham 

Intoxicated fans were seen scaling traffic lights and blocking traffic in Birmingham 

One woman was helped out of the water after she jumped into the Birmingham city centre canal after the match 
One woman was helped out of the water after she jumped into the Birmingham city centre canal after the match 

One woman was helped out of the water after she jumped into the Birmingham city centre canal after the match 

Crushed England fans woke up wishing last night was a bad dream after the Three Lions crashed out of the World Cup
Crushed England fans woke up wishing last night was a bad dream after the Three Lions crashed out of the World Cup

Crushed England fans woke up wishing last night was a bad dream after the Three Lions crashed out of the World Cup

People drowned their sorrows in pubs up and down the country as their dreams were shattered after three weeks of historic goal-scoring, celebrations and lifted spirits
People drowned their sorrows in pubs up and down the country as their dreams were shattered after three weeks of historic goal-scoring, celebrations and lifted spirits

People drowned their sorrows in pubs up and down the country as their dreams were shattered after three weeks of historic goal-scoring, celebrations and lifted spirits

Fans were left devastated as Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic scored a second goal to take the lead in the second half of extra time and streets were filled with people holding their head in their hands after the 2-1 loss
Fans were left devastated as Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic scored a second goal to take the lead in the second half of extra time and streets were filled with people holding their head in their hands after the 2-1 loss

Fans were left devastated as Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic scored a second goal to take the lead in the second half of extra time and streets were filled with people holding their head in their hands after the 2-1 loss

England lost 2-1 to Croatia in a nail-biting showdown in Moscow watched on television by almost half the UK population. 

Fans were pictured in cities across the UK including Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle and London with flags draped across their backs as their hopes were crushed. 

Thousands were seen sitting dejected on the ground in Hyde Park, London, which held a huge public screening of Croatia v England at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.

Earlier in the evening there was an air of both anxiety and excitement for what was England's first World Cup semi-final since 1990. 

The game in Moscow was screened in Hyde Park and marked the biggest London screening of a football match since 1996.

Not alone in their sorrow, the England squad also shared their heartbreak along with captain Harry Kane paying tribute to fans.

Sharing a picture of himself with manager Southgate, he wrote: 'It hurts a lot. It will hurt for a while. We'll be back. Thanks for all your support.' 

Fans were pictured in cities across the UK including  Birmingham with flags draped across their backs as their hopes were crushed
Fans were pictured in cities across the UK including  Birmingham with flags draped across their backs as their hopes were crushed

Fans were pictured in cities across the UK including Birmingham with flags draped across their backs as their hopes were crushed

England fans climb on traffic lights and block traffic on Broad Street in Birmingham
England fans climb on traffic lights and block traffic on Broad Street in Birmingham

Revellers decided to drown their sorrows by climbing up traffic lights and screaming at passing vehicles

In a further blow to fans, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic rubbed salt in their wounds when he said his side were better 'in all segments of the game' as they won their World Cup semi-final against England 
In a further blow to fans, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic rubbed salt in their wounds when he said his side were better 'in all segments of the game' as they won their World Cup semi-final against England 

In a further blow to fans, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic rubbed salt in their wounds when he said his side were better 'in all segments of the game' as they won their World Cup semi-final against England 

Fans watched a live broadcast on a big screen of the semi-final match between Croatia and England in Flat Iron Square, London and cried as Croatia scored their second goal 
Fans watched a live broadcast on a big screen of the semi-final match between Croatia and England in Flat Iron Square, London and cried as Croatia scored their second goal 

Fans watched a live broadcast on a big screen of the semi-final match between Croatia and England in Flat Iron Square, London and cried as Croatia scored their second goal 

Fans at the Castlefield Bowl in Manchester city centre were noticeably dejected after England's defeat 
Fans at the Castlefield Bowl in Manchester city centre were noticeably dejected after England's defeat 

Fans at the Castlefield Bowl in Manchester city centre were noticeably dejected after England's defeat 

The heartbreak was palpable as fans slumped to the floor and hung their heads following the match 
The heartbreak was palpable as fans slumped to the floor and hung their heads following the match 

The heartbreak was palpable as fans slumped to the floor and hung their heads following the match 

The game in Moscow was screened in Hyde Park and marked the biggest London screening of a football match since 1996!
The game in Moscow was screened in Hyde Park and marked the biggest London screening of a football match since 1996!

The game in Moscow was screened in Hyde Park and marked the biggest London screening of a football match since 1996!

This was the scene in south London when Croatia scored their second goal, in the second half of the game 
This was the scene in south London when Croatia scored their second goal, in the second half of the game 

This was the scene in south London when Croatia scored their second goal, in the second half of the game 

Camden Lock in north London was brought to a standstill as people watched anxiously - many holding their breath 
Camden Lock in north London was brought to a standstill as people watched anxiously - many holding their breath 

Camden Lock in north London was brought to a standstill as people watched anxiously - many holding their breath 

One grief-stricken fan clutched his replica World Cup as the Three Lions came crashing out of the tournament 
One grief-stricken fan clutched his replica World Cup as the Three Lions came crashing out of the tournament 

One grief-stricken fan clutched his replica World Cup as the Three Lions came crashing out of the tournament 

People put their hands to their face as they watched the nail-biting and tense match 
People put their hands to their face as they watched the nail-biting and tense match 

People put their hands to their face as they watched the nail-biting and tense match 

Fans at the Castlefield Bowl in Manchester city centre are dejected after England's defeat
Fans at the Castlefield Bowl in Manchester city centre are dejected after England's defeat

Fans at the Castlefield Bowl in Manchester city centre are dejected after England's defeat

Devastation: Men and women were left in tears as their World Cup dreams were shattered 
Devastation: Men and women were left in tears as their World Cup dreams were shattered 

Devastation: Men and women were left in tears as their World Cup dreams were shattered 

And there was a mass brawl outside a city centre pub in the aftermath of the England defeat. 

Men and women became embroiled in a fight outside the Cat and the Fiddle pub in Great Barr, Birmingham just minutes after the final whistle of the World Cup semi-final.

It emerged as West Midlands Ambulance service said it dealt with a huge rise in violence as it was called to the aftermath of assaults and fights in the wake of England's World Cup exit.

In footage from the fight dozens of fans looked on in horror as men and women swung for each other. Several punters try to hold each other back from getting involved in the violence, but it then breaks up into several smaller fights.

On nearby Broad Street, cones were kicked over in anger as enraged fans spilled out from bars and into the city.

Additional footage revealed chaotic scenes as many jumped in the canals just off the bustling street, egged on by hundreds of onlookers. Others took to climbing traffic lights and lampposts after the loss.

And the number of 999 calls skyrocketed since Croatia's victory overEngland, the Assistant Chief at West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

The service said it had taken over 240 emergency calls in the first hour since the football finished, compared to just 120 when fans were placated by the match.

Assistant Chief officer Nathan Hudson branded the number of assaults and large scale fights as 'madness' in a tweet shortly after the game.

West Midlands Ambulance Service urged football fans across the region to 'show dignity and respect' after trouble sparked.

A spokesperson wrote: 'Come on West Midlands, show some dignity & respect towards each other! Look how our 999 calls have rocketed after the final whistle with numerous assaults & fights reported. Our @England team have been gracious in defeat, fans should be too £respect.'

People could not hide their disappointment in Flat Iron Square, south London on Wednesday evening
People could not hide their disappointment in Flat Iron Square, south London on Wednesday evening

People could not hide their disappointment in Flat Iron Square, south London on Wednesday evening

London's Hyde Park was left strewn with litter and heartbroken fans in the wake of the 2-1 loss 
London's Hyde Park was left strewn with litter and heartbroken fans in the wake of the 2-1 loss 

London's Hyde Park was left strewn with litter and heartbroken fans in the wake of the 2-1 loss 

Fans in south London were left weeping as the Croatian team celebrated their victory
Fans in south London were left weeping as the Croatian team celebrated their victory

Fans in south London were left weeping as the Croatian team celebrated their victory

England fans make their way home from Birmingham city centre as Croatia beat England
England fans make their way home from Birmingham city centre as Croatia beat England

England fans make their way home from Birmingham city centre as Croatia beat England

People covered their faces with their patriotic flags as they watched the tension play out on the pitch 
People covered their faces with their patriotic flags as they watched the tension play out on the pitch 

People covered their faces with their patriotic flags as they watched the tension play out on the pitch 

Scenes were less jubilant when Croatia equalised in the second half and as the whistle blew for extra time the tension was palpable
Scenes were less jubilant when Croatia equalised in the second half and as the whistle blew for extra time the tension was palpable

Scenes were less jubilant when Croatia equalised in the second half and as the whistle blew for extra time the tension was palpable

Fans watched anxiously as the Croatian team scored a second goal to take the lead in the second half of extra time thanks to Mario Mandzukic
Fans watched anxiously as the Croatian team scored a second goal to take the lead in the second half of extra time thanks to Mario Mandzukic

Fans watched anxiously as the Croatian team scored a second goal to take the lead in the second half of extra time thanks to Mario Mandzukic

Joy was replaced with tears when England came crashing out of the tournament in Russia
Joy was replaced with tears when England came crashing out of the tournament in Russia

Joy was replaced with tears when England came crashing out of the tournament in Russia

Streets were filled with upset fans and people with their head in their hands after the 2-1 loss
Streets were filled with upset fans and people with their head in their hands after the 2-1 loss

Streets were filled with upset fans and people with their head in their hands after the 2-1 loss

England came to a standstill as 30million tuned in to watch Harry Kane 's heroes take on Croatia in the semi-final
England came to a standstill as 30million tuned in to watch Harry Kane 's heroes take on Croatia in the semi-final

England came to a standstill as 30million tuned in to watch Harry Kane 's heroes take on Croatia in the semi-final

Fans packed out Hyde Park (pictured) where 30,000 people were watching the match together
Fans packed out Hyde Park (pictured) where 30,000 people were watching the match together

Fans packed out Hyde Park (pictured) where 30,000 people were watching the match together

Big screens were up and running across London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Leeds, Bristol and Brighton
Big screens were up and running across London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Leeds, Bristol and Brighton

Big screens were up and running across London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Leeds, Bristol and Brighton

England fans were reduced to tears after their team came crashing out of the World Cup tournament against Croatia 
England fans were reduced to tears after their team came crashing out of the World Cup tournament against Croatia 

England fans were reduced to tears after their team came crashing out of the World Cup tournament against Croatia 

Nottingham: A man sat silent on the curb after the 120-minute whistle blew ending the game at 2-1 to Croatia - and with it - England's hopes of World Cup glory 
Nottingham: A man sat silent on the curb after the 120-minute whistle blew ending the game at 2-1 to Croatia - and with it - England's hopes of World Cup glory 

Nottingham: A man sat silent on the curb after the 120-minute whistle blew ending the game at 2-1 to Croatia - and with it - England's hopes of World Cup glory 

Fans' anguish: Men sat in silence along the roadside in Nottingham just hours after jubilant scenes in the English city 
Fans' anguish: Men sat in silence along the roadside in Nottingham just hours after jubilant scenes in the English city 

Fans' anguish: Men sat in silence along the roadside in Nottingham just hours after jubilant scenes in the English city 

Disappointment for England as Gareth Southgate's team failed to secure the win the fans had desperately hoped for at home. Pictured: Flat Iron Square in London 
Disappointment for England as Gareth Southgate's team failed to secure the win the fans had desperately hoped for at home. Pictured: Flat Iron Square in London 

Disappointment for England as Gareth Southgate's team failed to secure the win the fans had desperately hoped for at home. Pictured: Flat Iron Square in London 

England fans burst into tears after the game tonight, with one face-painted man quick to comfort his companion watching at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol
England fans burst into tears after the game tonight, with one face-painted man quick to comfort his companion watching at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol

England fans burst into tears after the game tonight, with one face-painted man quick to comfort his companion watching at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol

The 2-1 loss was too much for this fan in the Luzhniki Stadium as he burst into tears after the final whistle
The 2-1 loss was too much for this fan in the Luzhniki Stadium as he burst into tears after the final whistle

The 2-1 loss was too much for this fan in the Luzhniki Stadium as he burst into tears after the final whistle

Another woman in Liverpool was slumped up against a wall after the defeat as a friend stood over her 
Another woman in Liverpool was slumped up against a wall after the defeat as a friend stood over her 

Another woman in Liverpool was slumped up against a wall after the defeat as a friend stood over her 

Another woman in Liverpool was slumped up against a wall after the defeat as a friend stood over her 
Another woman in Liverpool was slumped up against a wall after the defeat as a friend stood over her 

Another woman in Liverpool was slumped up against a wall after the defeat as a friend stood over her 

Girls who had earlier screamed their team on from Hyde Park in London consoled one another after the 2-1 defeat in Moscow
Girls who had earlier screamed their team on from Hyde Park in London consoled one another after the 2-1 defeat in Moscow

Girls who had earlier screamed their team on from Hyde Park in London consoled one another after the 2-1 defeat in Moscow

In a further blow to fans, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic rubbed salt in their wounds when he said his side were better 'in all segments of the game' as they won their World Cup semi-final against England. 

Asked why his side had won, Dalic said: 'Because we were the better team in all segments of the game.

'We did not underestimate them. We respected them because we analysed them. We knew what they were doing and where.' 

Dalic thanked Croatia's fans and players for their efforts in securing the historic win, setting up Sunday's encounter with France - the team that knocked them out of their previous World Cup semi-final in 1998. 

 

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