Croatia out to make history in mouth-watering final showdown against France

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"He's captained the team brilliantly", Southgate said of Kane.

On Wednesday night, it was totally different. Well, I would sacrifice many things!

Fans go through the drama in The Village. "It's not a waste of time; it's a game we want to play".

"I was surprised by England's substitutions", Burley said.

Thomas Meunier says beating England to the bronze medal is now the minimum requirement for Belgium at the 2018 World Cup. "England had never overachieved, but this team have in reaching the semi-final.", Neville, a pundit on ITV, said.

One comment stood out from the rest and it did not come from a Croatian but a Brazilian.

In the final match of the group stage of the tournament, Belgium and England had both already secured their advancement to the knockout bracket, with only their rankings left to be determined.

That did not change after we were knocked out, either.

We had all got excited and dreamt that it would be us facing France in Sunday's final - but why shouldn't we dream?

"Had we gone in 2-0 up, I don't think there was any chance Croatia would have recovered from that".

The World Cup fever has truly gripped Croatia with the country making its first-ever entry in the World Cup final.

That is exactly what has happened.

Beverley D'Cruz, sales and marketing director at Pizza Hut Delivery UK said: "Along with the nation, we are incredibly proud of the England football team and how they have delivered for us so far".

"We were saying, "OK, today we will see who will be tired".

"I was lying in bed finding the strength to play and it was worth it".

Southgate hopes they have proved a point in Russian Federation.

Scenes after the game were, perhaps unsurprisingly, more subdued than after the quarter-final win against Sweden.

When I talk about what has changed for England, so much of it comes down to Gareth and his meticulous planning. But from somewhere he found the words to address his players and staff.

There is lots to look forward to, too.

It's the second time the two teams have met at the tournament and the second time that the outcome of their match will be relatively inconsequential.

Meanwhile, in London, an initial wave of elation turned to heartbreak as 30,000 beer-soaked fans in Hyde Park watched their team come up short.

"Three weeks ago, there wasn't even a connection with the England football team".

Alan Shearer was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan in Moscow. That will be his next target.

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