Croatia become smallest nation to reach World Cup final since 1950

Southgate England must suffer defeat before taking positives

Southgate England must suffer defeat before taking positives

"Only great teams can be as fearless as we were and fight back from a goal down against teams like England", Mandzukic said.

After some well-earned downtime following the battling win over Sweden to secure a place in the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 28 years, it was back to work for Gareth Southgate's squad in Repino.

Many England fans were waiting for the result of the semi-final before shelling out.

But Croatia spoiled the party at the 2018 World Cup semifinals.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: "Wasn't to be this time but it's been a great journey that's made the country proud".

Crowds gathered at locations including London's Hyde Park, Millennium Square in Leeds, Nottingham Castle, and Birmingham's Archway outdoor cinema.

Former players and staff have also posted a series of positive messages after England's run came to an end.

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As they entered the second half of extra time against England with the scores level, it began to look like they would need to step up to the spot again, until Mario Mandžukić scored with 11 minutes to play.

Joe predicted a 2-0 England win and said he believed the celebrations would be on a larger scale than in 1966 if England go on to win the trophy. "That makes me proud".

However, Kane has not added to his tally since that Colombia match during the round of 16 and Neville is adamant England's star striker picked up an injury during the clash against the South Americans and has been playing hurt ever since. "I really thought we'd see a final though". "Thank you, England": A simple message of gratitude from the Express, accompanied by a picture of Southgate and his players showing their appreciation to the travelling supporters.

Croatia has never won it all but will finally get their shot on Sunday.

Speaking to the BBC's World Cup Daily podcast earlier in the tournament, he said: "I'm slightly concerned because as a centre-half who took a lot of knocks to the head I'm not normally synonymous with fashion icons!"

"Fair enough they are a young team but they needed to turn up tonight".

"Now we have another chance to do something even better".

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