Pride costs Croatia's striker a place in World Cup final

Mae Harvey
July 15, 2018

England's Russian adventure finishes with a chance to secure their second-best finish in a World Cup with a win over Belgium in the third-place play-off.

FIFA has warned the Football Association about fan behaviour after "political chants" during England's World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia.

"I am unbelievably proud of the way we played", the 47-year-old said after the match.

Southgate added: "I thought Stones was absolutely outstanding and [goalkeeper Jordan] Pickford has had a wonderful tournament". A very serious match awaits us, we will spend much energy.

Kane failed to find the net in England's final three games of the tournament, but still remains on course to win the Golden Boot thanks to his six goals against Tunisia, Panama and Colombia.

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One tweeted: "Birmingham Airport, do you really think your tweet will stop fans going to the airport?"

Then, a further 30 minutes later as the players left the dressing-room and headed onto the team bus, you could sense genuine mixed emotions - sadness that a journey together was ending but also excitement at the prospect of all getting back together again for new challenges later this year. "We haven't produced quite enough moments of quality around the penalty area in the tournament", he said. Against the very best teams, we've come up short.

"We're probably a little bit short on big-game experience, a bit short on number of national caps and we're a bit young for what a winning national team looks like". I think the feeling after the Euros [in 2016] was the team was over, but the feeling is not that now. "He [Kane] has captained the team exceptionally well, he has led the culture we are trying to create".

"And although we can talk about having a more comfortable route to the semi-final - and for sure we did - but we've had those routes in the past and not got to the point we have".

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