England midfielder Fabian Delph says he and his teammates will live with regret for their World Cup semifinal defeat by Croatia for the rest of their lives, reports Espn FC.
England finished fourth after suffering a 2-0 loss to Belgium in the third-place playoff on Saturday, but Delph’s thoughts were still very much with the Croatia game.Gareth Southgate’s side led 1-0 at half-time on Wednesday before Croatia fought back to force extra time and a 2-1 victory.
“I am disappointed. It has been a great tournament for us personally and on a group level, and we can go home proud of ourselves, but I think we will kick ourselves in those quiet moments,” Delph told ITV television.
“The semi-final, I think we had a great chance to reach the final, and we came up short,” he said.
“Not just in the near future, I think for the rest of our lives, we will be kicking ourselves thinking we had a real opportunity there,” added the Manchester City midfielder.
Southgate’s inexperienced side were not tipped to go far in the tournament, but they have equalled their best finish since winning the World Cup in 1966.