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England tried to score while Croatia celebrated

England tried to score while Croatia celebrated

"We worked as hard as we could.it hurts, it hurts a lot and it will hurt for a long time".

Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic celebrates at the end of the World Cup semifinal match against England at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018.

There will not be many Englishmen more gutted at the national team's 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinal loss, than captain Harry Kane and manager Gareth Southgate. "Second half, fair play to Croatia they came out and put the pressure on and we were under the cosh for a little while", the 24-year-old skipper said.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has echoed the claims made by Dejan Lovren and Luka Modric that his side had "extra motivation" to beat England on Wednesday because of disrespect from the English media.

It's not coming home, sadly, after England crashed out of the World Cup with extra time defeat to Croatia. "Have another glass. Take another look, if you can, at those moments from Kaliningrad to Moscow when this capable England team played above itself and turned a drowsy, toxic summer back home into something else".

"It's been great to get to this stage and we know we've done everyone proud but we wanted to go on and win it".

He adds: "Nobody expected us to get this far before the tournament started - I didn't". I think knockout football is about fine margins and when you have good spells against fine sides you need to take your chances.

France reached the final for the third time in their history on Tuesday when a second-half header from Samuel Umtiti gave the 1998 champions a 1-0 victory against Belgium in Saint Petersburg.

In delirious scenes in Paris, fans let off fire crackers and released smoke flares.

France can be crowned world champions for the second time in their history on Sunday and now lead the Euro 2020 betting at 4/1 (5.0).

There are plenty of big names ahead of England in the betting though, albeit many of them failed to produce this summer with one notable exception. Lingard failed to connect with a Kane through ball in 78th, Kane miss-hit a header off a free kick in stoppage time, and Stones' header from a corner was cleared off the line by Vrsaljko in the 99th.

Harry Kane shot weakly at Danijel Subasic when through, then forced the rebound against a post and Raheem Sterling was a constant thorn in the Croatia defence, though again his final ball was too often astray.

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