But the fact is England do not deserve to go through on this performance.
The players looked scared and it needed someone to grab the game by the scruff of the neck.
We had a disastrous start but we get back into it and all you can think is that England had to keep the pressure on.
But they didn't, they sat back at 2-2 unbelievably, and the third goal summed up our performance - no-one was within yards of Petric when he scored and it just showed a lack of urgency and commitment from our players.
The pressure on McClaren now will be absolutely unbelievable, but I don't think he'll resign.
It wouldn't surprise me if the FA ends his term.
By Ian Wright
Match of the Day pundit
I don't know what to say.
I feel sorry for Carson - Croatia were always going to shoot from anywhere and I at least thought he'd do the basics and get the body behind the ball. But he didn't and he's paid the price.
When you get a chance, a last-gasp reprieve, you've got to take it but England do not deserve to go through at the end of the day. No way.
Every time Croatia attacked I thought they were going to score. And the third goal was so soft it was untrue.
It's been a roller-coaster ride throughout qualifying and it's come down to this.
I'm absolutely devastated.
Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer and Ian Wright were speaking on Match of the Day
By Graham Taylor
Former England manager BBC 5 Live pundit
I have to say, having gone 2-0 down, I was very worried because we've got almost a reserve back four and goalkeeper.
Looking at them and their body language, even (Sol) Campbell who is experienced, they looked nervous - it looked like it got to them.
Carson's error set England back as they crashed out at Wembley
I never felt England were in control of themselves, never mind the game.
In 12 qualification games you generally get what you deserve.
There is a major difference between playing Premier League football and playing at the pace of international football.
You learn in the heat of the summer at major tournaments you have to learn to play at different levels and learn to keep the ball. Sometimes you keep it for the sake of keeping it.
But football crowds here won't accept that.
We've really got to do something about the future of English football at international level.
Until we do that then we are going to continue going in the same way.
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