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England Memes And Reactions: 'It's Coming Home' Becomes 'They're Going Home' As England Exit 2018 World Cup After 2-1 Semifinal Loss To Croatia

Written By Ankit Prasad | Mumbai | Published:


  • England exited the World Cup at the semifinal stage after losing 1-2 to Croatia in extra time
  • Reactions and memes flooded the Internet shortly after
  • Croatia will face France in the World Cup final while England meet Belgium once again in the 3rd-4th place playoff

England faced heartbreak on Wednesday as their closely followed run to the nether end of the 2018 World Cup came to an abrupt halt in the most dramatic circumstances, as with the semifinal seemingly destined for penalties, Mario Mandzukic turned up with a winner for Croatia.

England, as always, had brought with them a lot of colour to the World Cup, and for once, most of it was positive. After a string of poor performances at major tournaments, the country, as well as fans of the England National Team, had got their hopes up with the taglines "It's coming home!" and "Football's coming home!" being used liberally (to put it mildly.)

However, after their 2-1 exit, rather than the final against France, England are heading to a 3rd-4th place playoff versus Belgium -- the second dead rubber meeting between the two in this World Cup.

Because of their significant following (both for and against), social media has been overflowing with reactions, from the celebrities, royals, associations, sportspersons, footballers, and fans. Here are some of the ones you have to see:

The English FA are buoyant and given the average age of the team, quite hopeful that this wasn't a flash in the pan:

England International Daniel Sturridge who wasn't at the world cup has a message for the team's detractors:

Kensington Palace has is very proud and has a message for the team, telling them to keep there heads held high:

Ian Darke, a well-known commentator who has been on duty at the world cup says the better team won. He knows his football, Ian Darke, but it can't be a popular thing to say:

Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, who is a regular at Manchester City matches, thinks the England team is divine:

Preity Zinta was watching and supporting England. She was joyous when Keiran Tripper scored. Sadly, it went downhill from there:


Former England Captain Wayne Rooney is heartbroken:

And so we can imagine is Larry, resident cat at the England Prime Minister's 10 Downing Street home. Here's a photo from before the match:

The Archbishop of Canterbury said he wouldn't pick sides but couldn't remain neutral for very long:

This is Tendulkar before the match, supporting England:


Come on England!! #FIFA18 @jamo1dj

A post shared by Sachin Tendulkar (@sachintendulkar) on

His fans posted a bit of banter after the Three Lions went out:

Here's the most common format of meme:

Some just want to clarify that technically, they're not going home just yet:

This is what has been lost:

And Trump has also got in as a last word: