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Six of the best: England 1-2 Croatia, including Everton and Liverpool stars

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Six of the best: England 1-2 Croatia, including Everton and Liverpool stars

England suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Croatia in the World Cup semi-final.

England’s dream World Cup run ended last night when Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions heroically crashed out in extra time after a Mario Mandzukic goal put Croatia into the promised land of the World Cup final.

Last night’s game was breaming with talent, and some of the stars on show were indeed a joy to watch, let’s have a look at who would make it into a six aside side from last night’s semi-final.

Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford (England)

Jordan Pickford came of age during this summer’s World Cup and again demonstrated last night why Gareth Southgate was right to pick him as England’s number one; expect to see Pickford between the sticks for the Three Lions for many years to come.

Defender – Dejan Lovren (Croatia) 

Dejan Lovren has been subject to quite a lot of stick over the last few seasons. However, the Liverpool defender has now reached a Champions League and World Cup final in one season, an impressive feat. Despite a shaky start to last nights game, Lovren overcame any nerves he did have and looked calm and comfortable when it mattered most for Croatia.

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Defender – Kieran Trippier (England)

England’s goalscorer on the night channeled his inner David Beckham to score a sublime free-kick early on for Southgate’s side. However, his heroics proved to fall just short of sending England through to play France in the final on Sunday. Nevertheless, the Tottenham full-back summed up everything that was good about the Three Lions last night and his name will undoubtedly be known on the world stage now.

Midfield – Luka Modric (Croatia)

Modric again proved last night why he is one of the best midfielders in world football, the Real Madrid star put everything on the line and put together beautifully crafted passes when Croatia needed it most. An unbelievable talent whose name in no doubt deserves to be on this team.

Midfield – Ivan Perisic (Croatia)

The Internazionale midfielder grabbed a vital goal to equalise for Croatia last night and was a menace to England’s defence throughout the game. Don’t be surprised if some of the Premier League big boys come calling for his signature after last nights performance.

Forward – Mario Mandzukic (Croatia)

Mandzukic did what all great forwards do last night and scored the winner for his side in extra time when both teams looked destined for penalties. The Croatian forward worked his socks off all night and was arguably the most dangerous player on the pitch throughout the tie and for putting his country in their first ever World Cup final he gets the last position in this side.

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Liam Thomas

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