‘No feeling has ever compared to this in my career’: Dele Alli reflects on England’s exit from the World Cup after losing to Croatia in Moscow
- Dele Alli reflected on England’s World Cup exit 24 hours on from semi-final loss
- Alli admitted that ‘no feeling has ever compared to this in my career’
- The Tottenham midfielder has vowed to ‘make England proud again’
- The 22-year-old started four of England’s six World Cup games in Russia
Tom Farmery For Mailonline
Dele Alli has revealed that ‘no feeling has ever compared to this in my career’ after England exited the World Cup at the semi-final stage.
Alli was pictured on the Luzhniki Stadium pitch looking drained after England’s 2-1 defeat by Croatia.
Less than 24 hours after a painful night in Moscow, the 22-year-old revealed just how much he was hurting.
Jamie Vardy (left) and Dele Alli on the Luzhniki Stadium pitch following the semi-final defeat
Alli was helped back to his feet by Tottenham team-mates Eric Dier and Harry Kane
‘I’m devastated that we did not manage to progress to the final,’ he wrote on Instagram.
‘No feeling has ever compared to this in my career. It’s the disappointment to have not given England fans the chance to watch us compete in the the final of the World Cup.’
Alli started four of England’s six World Cup games in Russia, scoring once in the 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarter-finals.
Alli revealed how he was feeling in a post on his Instagram page on Thursday evening
Alli started in four of England’s six World Cup games in Russia, scoring once against Sweden
It was also the Tottenham midfielder’s first appearance at a World Cup finals.
While he admitted it would take time to get over England’s exit in Russia, he believes there is a ‘bright future’.
He wrote: ‘To have represented my country in this tournament has been an honour and a memory I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
‘I want to thank everyone for the support we’ve received, the encouragement and belief throughout the tournament has been incredible.
‘This is going to take a while to get over, but I truly believe this team has a bright future and we will make England proud again! #threelions.’
Dier tried to comfort his team-mate and friend following the 2-1 defeat by Croatia in Moscow