David Lee in Russia: English fans defiant even as World Cup dream ends in heartbreak

England fans react as they watch the match between Croatia and England at Trafalgar Square in London, Britain, on July 11, 2018.
England fans react as they watch the match between Croatia and England at Trafalgar Square in London, Britain, on July 11, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW - The scenes were uncannily similar as close to 1,000 England fans - some with the St. George's Cross painted on their faces, one dressed as a knight, another in waistcoat and briefs - packed the stand behind the goal and sang long after the match was over.

They had done so after beating Sweden 2-0 in the quarter-finals at the Cosmos Arena in Samara last Saturday, and they were doing it again at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday (July 11).

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