Despite what is a devastating loss for Gareth Southgate and his team, not to mention supporters, many front pages focussed on how far England made it through the tournament and the sense of national pride they instilled in the public.
As they entered the second half of extra time against England with the scores level, it began to look like they would need to step up to the spot again, until Mario Mandžukić scored with 11 minutes to play.
Laura Grimes, of Cambridge University Press, said: "The huge amount of language data we've collected and analysed gives us fascinating insight into the mood surrounding the World Cup".
"But I think we've built a house here now on good..."
"But equally we want to be a team that's hitting quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals - that was what we've aimed to do in the long term and we've proved that is possible".
This time around, we could see the stars play, or we could see some more reserves to get some guys some minutes, and that makes picking here hard. Southgate has irrevocably changed the shape and feel of the English game forever, and that is just as valuable as any trophy. The scenes in Croatia's capital of Zagreb were astounding.
When the final whistle blew, the Croatians ran straight to their fans, jumping into the sea of red and white.
"Knockout football is about fine margins, we had spells in the game against a side with real quality and you've got to make them count", said Southgate on ITV after the game. You see what's happening.
"England of course have a reason to cry but they also have a reason to be optimistic", the Portuguese told Russia Today.
"A couple of weeks ago, I would have taken this result", said another England fan.
Meanwhile the England men's U20's team achieved World Cup glory after beating Venezuela 1-0 a year ago.