The Three Lions fought bravely but came up just short in extra time as Croatia snatched a late victor to book their spot in Sunday's final with France.
"They played their best, it obviously wasn't to be".
The Russia 2018 World Cup has produced a number of great stars and shown a glimpse of what's to come from future talents in the handsome game.
On Wednesday night, it was totally different.
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Speaking after Croatia's 2-1 win over England , Lovren told beIN Sports: 'It's something special, for me. Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them.
"It's enjoyable, we all love to play the game and fans love to support it".
Even if the result is quickly forgotten by the fans, it will be remembered in English Premier League locker rooms.
Both had already qualified for the round of 16 when Belgium beat England 1-0 in the last game of the group stage on Adnan Januzaj's curling shot in a game likened to a friendly thanks to 17 lineup changes.
Some may see this as a negative, but England's set-piece prowess is only a good thing, as they look a threat at every corner and free-kick that they get.
Politicians also added their praise, with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeting: "A heartbreaking way to go out but won't forget what a great tournament it's been for England".
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He also plans to sort out the captaincy, bearing in mind the club captain Laurent Koscielny is injured. I am sure we will meet together in the next week or month or in the near future".
We had all got excited and dreamt that it would be us facing France in Sunday's final - but why shouldn't we dream?
"I was in Nice to watch us lose too Iceland, I was in Kiev to lose against Italy". They have given us so much to shout about.
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As well as our first World Cup semi-final for 28 years, our first win in a knock-out game since 2006 and our first win in a World Cup penalty shootout, he has given us hope, and something to cheer.
Across teams, there have been a number of players who have stolen the headlines for their displays and maybe rightly so but there have been many who put in superb shifts for the team.
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"We owe it to ourselves to finish well, and we want to finish well for the fans".