Gareth Southgates Side Lose 2-1 To Croatia

England are preparing for a World cup third placed playoff against Belgium on Saturday instead of a World Cup final against France on Sunday.

Their hopes of lifting the trophy for the first time since 1966 came to an end with a 2-1 extra-time defeat to Croatia in Moscow.

Despite a great first half, the Chariot crashed and burned as they lost 2-1 in extra time to Croatia in Moscow.

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute.

England - in their first World Cup semi-final since they were beaten on penalties by West Germany at Italia '90 - were given the perfect start through Kieran Trippier's 20-yard free-kick after only five minutes.

But Ivan Perisic's 68th-minute equaliser sent the match into extra time and Croatia kept their cool to advance to the final in Moscow against France on Sunday.

Despite the 800 years and on a day when Harry and Megan visited GAA HQ I had a confession to make!


 Not everyone was buying it though!

Thankfully our relationship with the Old Enemy has moved into the realm of good natured humour now and it was in evidence in Kildare.

Whatever your views on him Roy Keane's great for a heated tv debate either involving him or not.

He was slated in some quarters for bringing our neighbours down to earth. 

What will we be talking/tweeting/debating next week when it's all over? Oh ya. Love Island!