In Good Conscience

England lose but win over adoring public

Can you win out of defeat? This evening in St Petersburg, Belgium and England are subjected to the cruellest game.

Belgium's "Golden Generation" fell one game short of fulfilment. England's "coming generation" went further than anyone imagined, but still had victory snatched away from them when the Croats fought back from a goal down to win in extra time.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 14, 2018, with the headline 'England lose but win over adoring public'. Print Edition | Subscribe