Ok, ok, so it’s not coming come…not this year at least, but the England team tried everything possible to equalise against Croatia. This included something that you didn’t see on TV.
Mario Mandzukic broke the nation’s hearts with his extra-time strike, seeing Croatia win 2-1.
But as him and his team celebrated, England sought a cheeky way to get the score up again.
It wasn’t aired, but Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard attempted to take a quick restart, with most of Croatia’s players celebrating off pitch.
One fan inside the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow caught the incident on camera though.
Footage shows the England duo attempting to use their initiative by storming forwards after taking the restart before being pulled back by the ref.
This kind of tactic has been tried before by other teams, with suggestions that one player must be on the field of play or a quick kick-off could be taken to catch the celebrating team out.
However, play is only able to start at the referee’s discretion. In this case, Cakir had not given the signal for play to resume.
Kieran Trippier’s early free-kick had England dreaming of a first major final since 1966, only for Ivan Perisic to level before Mandzukic struck in extra-time to set up a final with France on Sunday.
England have to pick themselves up quickly with a third-place play-off awaiting against Belgium on Saturday in St Petersburg.
‘The honest thing is it’s not a game any team wants to play in,’ England boss Gareth Southgate said in the aftermath of Wednesday’s defeat.
‘We have two days to prepare. We will want to give a performance of huge pride. There’s no question about that. It’s always there every time we wear the shirt of our national team, we want to play with pride, we want to play well and win.
‘Of course it is going to be a really difficult task over the next 24 hours to assess everybody and to get everybody mentally back to where we want them for a game like that.
‘But that will be the challenge. I think it is too easy to move on immediately from what we’ve just been through.
‘But we will do that and we’ll make sure we are ready as a group to go again because the group have huge pride in their performances, in the way that they work.
‘And we have made such strides with our supporters and our public that we want to continue to do that.’
We still love you boys!