Croatia stun England in extra time to book first-ever final berth

Mae Harvey
July 13, 2018

Football was all set to come home.

There, France would wait for Croatia again, just like they did in Saint-Denis on July 8, 1998.

But there is still one more match to go for the Three Lions. "Croatia played a very tough match against England".

"The dressing room is a hard place at the moment", Southgate said.

And yet, he has three goals and two assists. We will want to give a performance of huge pride. There's no question about that. We were there [in 2016], we were close to winning the title and we missed.

"We showed character and mentality, it was very hard for us tonight".

"But that will be the challenge. We'll look at the goals and chances but I don't think we could have given more over these six or seven weeks".

"And we have made such strides with our supporters and our public that we want to continue to do that".

The Croatians went into Russian Federation as the 20th-ranked team in the world, but in particular their midfield talents of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic meant they were fancied by many as dark horses for a decent run.

"There's no weakness in a team that is in the final". And we've proved that is possible. It's on the shirt, but I did not win it.

The last month has seen England reconnect with a disillusioned fan base, putting in performances that point towards a brighter future. He never stops working, tracking and creating.

France are determined not to make the same mistakes they did two years ago in losing the Euro 2016 final when they take on Croatia for the biggest prize in football, midfielder Paul Pogba said on Thursday. We did not forget the doubts about us at the beginning of the competition, about our ability to play together. "I would like to thank all of the staff who came in on days off to assist us".

"But I can improve and get better and better". We still haven't won anything. "Even their defenders are outstanding players". Until then, I would've bet anything on England going to the final, but suddenly Croatia equalised and completely took over. "During half-time, I told the players "calmly pass the ball, do not lose your heads".

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