World Cup: Stunned silence, then tears, as England fans realise it's not 'coming home'

England fans after their team lost to Croatia in the World Cup semi-final.
England fans after their team lost to Croatia in the World Cup semi-final.ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR
Fans celebrate at Penny Black pub in Boat Quay after England score the first goal of the match, thanks to Kieran Trippier.
Fans celebrate at Penny Black pub in Boat Quay after England score the first goal of the match, thanks to Kieran Trippier.ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR
Silence reigns among England fans.
Silence reigns among England fans.ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR
England fans console one another after their team's loss to Croatia.
England fans console one another after their team's loss to Croatia.ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR

SINGAPORE - The English language has more than 170,000 words but on Thursday (July 12) morning, as far as the 500-strong crowd of English fans at Boat Quay who watched England face Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final were concerned, they only knew how to utter three: "It's coming home."

But by the end of the night, England headed home as losers after they were dumped out by Croatia 2-1  in extra time.

TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Thank you for reading The Straits Times

You have reached one of our Premium stories. To continue reading, get access now or log in if you are a subscriber.

What is Premium?