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England tried to score sneaky equaliser while Croatia celebrated Mario Mandzukic’s winner

With the Three Lions on the brink of a World Cup exit, desperate times led to desperate measures seconds after conceding

ENGLAND had one final trick up their sleeve as they tried to salvage an equaliser against Croatia.

With the Three Lions on the brink of a World Cup exit, desperate times led to desperate measures seconds after conceding to Mario Mandzukic.


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England players had a trick up their sleeve with Croatia celebrating their winner

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England players had a trick up their sleeve with Croatia celebrating their winner

While the entire Croatia side celebrated going 2-1 ahead in extra-time, England attempted to go up the other end of the pitch and score straight from kick-off.

The action was missed by TV cameras at the time but one supporter in the crowd filmed the attack.

Three England players decided to charge at keeper Danijel Subasic with no outfield Croatia players in sight.

Unsurprisingly the referee was having none of it and quickly ended England’s hopes of a swift equaliser.

The Three Lions decided to launch a surprise attack with Croatia players off the field

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The Three Lions decided to launch a surprise attack with Croatia players off the field

The referee was having none of it and crushed England’s hopes of a swift equaliser

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The referee was having none of it and crushed England’s hopes of a swift equaliser

A debate was sparked earlier on in the tournament when a Portugal player remained on the pitch during their celebrations against Spain.

It has been suggested that under FIFA laws, play can resume after a goal if all outfield players were off the pitch.

After Cristiano Ronaldo’s dramatic equaliser in their opening World Cup game, one Portugal player made the conscious effort to remain on the field.

And the same happened with Kieran Trippier following England’s winner against Tunisia.

The last Portugal player stops short of leaving the playing field, making sure he is within the boundary of the Spain half

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One Portugal player made a conscious effort to stay on the pitch during celebrations against Spain

It still remains unclear whether this tactic is legal in football.

Rules laid out by the International Football Association Board only state all players, except the one taking the kick-off, must be in their own half of the field of play.

They make no mention of any interpretation to govern players who are off the field celebrating a goal.