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England hailed as heroes after World Cup heartache

Croatia shrug Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subasic could only shrug as the ball flew past him. Fox
Kristopher Love | 13 July, 2018, 04:40

Kieran Trippier's early free-kick put England on course for their first final since 1966, but Southgate's men will not be able to replicate Sir Alf Ramsey's heroes after Croatia staged a fightback to instead face France this weekend.

'I am so proud to work for this team and this manager'.

Two teams remain in one of the biggest tournaments in the world.

Fans stationed behind the goal roared as a young boy wearing the Peresic name ran a scintillating line from nearly halfway to score in a packed away net.

Harry Kane, the leading scorer at the World Cup with six goals, said he isn't motivated by the chance to secure the Golden Boot for top scorer in the third-place game.

With sound positioning and good attacking play including a special goal against Argentina, Pavard has exceeded expectation.

"It's enjoyable, we all love to play the game and fans love to support it".

Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute of the semi-final to secure a 2-1 win after extra-time in Moscow.

He said: "They were the better team, that's all that happened".

We had all got excited and dreamt that it would be us facing France in Sunday's final - but why shouldn't we dream?

"When you get to this stage of the competition, the margins are fine. they've taken two of their (chances) and we weren't able to respond".

"I think that's maybe something for a couple of days time, at the moment we all feel the pain of this defeat", he told reporters.

Croatia are hardly a team of no names, however, a fact that Dalic was quick to point out when asked if England had disrespected his team with their confidence before the semifinal.

Gareth Southgate says England need to follow Germany's example from 2006 and the progress they have made since then.

The Three Lions' failure to reach their first World Cup final in 52 years was greeted with desolation in the stadium in Moscow.

We want to carry on what we are doing, and maintain the positive feeling around the team and the fans.

"Three weeks ago, there wasn't even a connection with the England football team".