Modric, Perisic blast England for undermining Croatia following semi final victory

Peter Crouch celebrates after pulling England level

Peter Crouch celebrates after pulling England level

Croatia beat Denmark in the Round of 16 and Russian Federation in the quarter-finals, with both victories coming at the end of penalty shoot-outs. It's a young team, the majority of the players will play in the next World Cup with more experience at club level. No country can expect to win worldwide trophies but, as Southgate said after the defeat by Croatia: "We've got to use it as a springboard to consistently reach the latter stages of tournaments".

Croatia will effectively have played a game more than France, who also have an extra day to recover from their semi-final on Tuesday.

British Prime Minister Theresa May would like to host an event for the England team after they reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 28 years, her spokeswoman said on Thursday.

"We're in the final, it's a dream, but we aren't stopping here". "Two players played with half a leg, but it didn't show", coach Zlatko Dalic said.

When asked to explain the reason behind Croatia's comeback, Dalić speaking to Sky Sports said: "Because we were the better team in all segments of the game".

"There was just a period in the second half, it looked like we had the lead and didn't want to give it away rather than we keep playing - and we just lost a bit of composure in that period".

"We were like lions out there tonight and we will be the same in the final", he said.

Vrsaljko also hit out at the media, with England favourites going into the last-four clash.

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. "We knew what they were doing and where", he said. "Even out there the fans singing after a defeat, it's a proud feeling".

Kane believes the future is bright.

After comfortably negotiating the group stages - the only blemish being a defeat to Belgium in a meaningless fixture where both sides rested key players - England ended their traditional penalty shootout woes by defeating Colombia 4-3 via that method.

How do they make sure that this is not a beguiling high, especially when aspirations just grew with England's passage to only their third tournament semi-final since 1966?

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