Comeback kings Croatia have unfinished business at the World Cup

Birmingham World Cup fight

Birmingham World Cup fight

After Mario Mandzukic scored in extra-time to give Croatia a 2-1 win against England in the semi-final, he ran to a corner of the pitch at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium to share his joy with his teammates.

Given they arrived in Russian Federation as rank outsiders, however, Southgate was invited to detail the positives from a campaign that appears to have repaired the strained relationship between England and its team.

Southgate - whose stock has risen as England have impressed in Russian Federation - has been wearing a trademark waistcoat throughout the World Cup.

Southgate said: "At the moment we all feel the pain of the defeat". I don't realistically think any of us did.

"It was a very hard game for us", said man of the match Ivan Perisic, who cancelled out Kieran Trippier's early goal with a fine effort of his own.

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.

"It's hard to put that into context now, and a bit too soon".

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They had only previously been in the World Cup semi-finals in 1966, when they won the title on home soil, and 1990 so Southgate said he was trying to balance his pride in his young team with remembering how rare such chances are.

"We salute you": It's pretty much a love letter from the Mail's sport section to Southgate and his team.

"Tonight was a wonderful opportunity for us and you can't guarantee that those opportunities will come again", he added. The two teams played in the final group stage match with reserves, with Belgium winning 1-0 and earning placement into the tougher side of the knockout bracket as a result. We have two days to prepare. Now we have a new benchmark, a new level of expectation.

A $100 bet on England would net you a $200 profit if they were to win in regulation, but keep in mind that England just played an extra 30 minutes and has a day's less rest.

Midfielder Jesse Lingard said: "Was an honour to represent my country at the world cup".

When Kane got his best chances in the 30th minute against Croatia, his first shot was saved by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.

They were briefly silenced when Croatia equalised through Ivan Perisic in the middle of the second half.

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