England beat all the sides they were better than, unlike in past times. Unfortunately their two losses in this tournament were to better, more experienced sides and showed a bit of naivety through lack of experience today, as expected of one of the youngest squads in the World Cup (second/third youngest I believe).
I thought England were really good in the first half but the problem they've always had is that they don't score many goals and don't take their chances. That's shown in their friendly and qualifying results in the last couple of years. Clearly got to be a lot more clinical when they are on top because they keep showing time and again that they can't keep it up and all creativity/chances dry up through tiredness. And walton's right - they were screaming out for a ball controlling midfielder but don't currently have that. I think Tim Vickery on the BBC said that Harry Winks could be that man so it will be interesting to see how he develops for Tottenham and England.
Croatia weren't under any real pressure from the second half onwards - the emphasis was always on them and, even if it took a while, they persevered deservedly.
But fair play to England. They were comfortable in the group stages. Deserved winners against a dissapointingly dirty Colombia, a no contest against Sweden and a good fight against Croatia tonight. They got to the semi finals and for a young side that's not bad especially considering how mightily experienced and talented squads fell earlier on than them like Argentina, Germany, Spain and Brazil.
That said, it'd be embarrassing for the FA if England didn't win anything in the next few years or so given how talented their youth squads are. England probably has more talented teenagers than any other country in world football - but how do you stop the likes of Rhian Brewster and co entering that Bermuda Triangle phase of thousands of English players where they get to the verge of their 20s and all of a sudden go missing because the top clubs aren't playing them and are instead just fodder for England's fu**ed up loan system?