"We blew our chances", 17-year-old Josh Ogunde said after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near Trafalgar Square in central London as the disappointed crowds streamed home.
But England's revival under Southgate at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, now just one win away from their first finals appearance since 1966, has shot the song back on to the United Kingdom singles charts, with the line "football's coming home" also becoming the catchphrase of their campaign.
However, given Croatia's impressive scoring record, it's no surprise England failed to cling on to their advantage. "Two players played with half a leg, but it didn't show", coach Zlatko Dalic said.
We might live in a time where sometimes it's easier to be negative than positive, or to divide than to unite, but England: let's keep this unity alive.
The dream ended for supporters in Moscow and at home as Gareth Southgate's men lost 2-1 to Croatia in the semi-final after extra time.
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Croatia have sacked one of their coaching staff, Ognjen Vukojevic after he posted a pro-Ukraine video following the penalty shootout win over Russian Federation in the World Cup quarter-finals.
She was photographed in various stages of despair as she watched her goalkeeper boyfriend slump to defeat against Croatia in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. But it is a massive difference to being a good understander of the game and being a good tactician. "Croatia deserved to win", Mark Burcher, 50, said. "I rooted for Croatia wearing the Croatian jersey", said Perisic, who came through the youth teams in France with Sochaux. "It's something to have got this far".
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"We're still one of only three teams ever to get to a semi-final, and I think for all of the players and staff they have got to be proud of that".
Southgate said he was unsure if that was the case, but that there was no questioning what the Tottenham striker had brought to the team both on and off the pitch in Russian Federation.