Kevin Rawlinson on 11 July 2018
England crashing out of the World Cup after extra time on Wednesday night – their first appearance in the semi-final in nearly 30 years – meant that triumphal dummy front pages from one end of Fleet Street to the other had to be scrapped.
They aren’t the ones they wanted to put out, but here are the front pages of Thursday morning’s papers:
Most papers give over more or less their whole fronts to striking coverage of the England players as they confront defeat. The Times goes so far as to produce a wraparound focusing solely on the match, with a further reference in the skyline of its more recognisable front page:
The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail find slightly less room on their fronts for the story, though it still features prominently: