"It was an experience for us and one we wanted to win", said Pickford, who allowed only six goals across all of England's six matches. At least, England looked like they were poised to get back to their first World Cup final in 50 years and give the players a chance to bring the trophy home to one of the most soccer-crazed countries on the planet.
Croatia, a country of about 4 million people, came to a standstill as fans watched the game on screens in squares and cafes.
Croatia will be hoping to avoid that fate when they take on France in Moscow on Sunday.
England soccer fans react after losing the semifinal match between Croatia and England.
"He was carrying something in the second half against Colombia, he wasn't moving around".
Joe predicted a 2-0 England win and said he believed the celebrations would be on a larger scale than in 1966 if England go on to win the trophy. I couldn't be prouder with what they've done.
As some fans sunk to their knees in disappointment, 24-year-old sports coach Jaihon Sedgley said: "I am absolutely gutted but we go again in two years at the next tournament".
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"We've come an incredibly long way in a short space of time", Southgate told a press conference after the match. It is the first time in our lifetime that we have seen a semi final.
"It's felt like a good holiday we've been on - and we're enjoying every moment of it", said the Manchester United left wing-back.
If they had beaten Croatia, England would have reached only their second World Cup final.
George Lee, 59, from Hull, also backed Southgate's young team to get to the final, predicting a 2-1 win. But once you're here and played as well as we did, you want to take those opportunities in life.
The largest travelling support of the tournament so far, estimated before the game to be up to 10,000, were at Russia's biggest stage to witness the national side's failure to reach their first World Cup final in 52 years.
'This time the fans are still out their now, so it's a lot better to leave like this although we would have like to leave in even better conditions'.