Croatian and English fans react to the FWC semi

Croatian and English fans react to the FWC semi

Southgate asked after the game.

"I don't know what will happen if we win, probably nobody will go to work".

As they entered the second half of extra time against England with the scores level, it began to look like they would need to step up to the spot again, until Mario Mandžukić scored with 11 minutes to play.

"I was here last summer for the Confederations Cup, and it was exactly the same, there were a lot of stories going into the tournament that I knew weren't going to be true, and that's proved to be the case", former England worldwide Southgate added.

"Maybe (that was) a effect of being ahead and being the least experienced team in the tournament with the chance to get to a World Cup final", he added.

England Football Tweeted to their fans to thank them for support throughout the Russian Federation 2018 campaign. Croatia has never advanced to the championship match.

England don't have a Modric - few teams do - but they have to learn how to control games better against top-class teams.

"Coach Zlatko Dalić has done a wonderful job, all the players are united and they're playing well".

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

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The striker - who remains the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final - said the players have the chance to become immortal.

"England we're proud of you, that's all I've got to say".

"They have raised a very significant amount of money in that time and we are grateful to everyone involved". But the team will be stronger for it.

The game will feature plenty of talented attackers and has the potential to be one of the most exciting games of the competition.

Numerous same players who led England to such success in Russian Federation this year will be returning in Qatar, with four more years' experience under their belts.

Others looked to the future, with BBC journalist Jeremy Vine tweeting: 'On the upside, Gareth Southgate is now free to be prime minister'. As we reflect there will be a lot more positives but tonight it is hard to take. "I think it's going to be incredibly loud in any bar we end up going to for the match".

The team has already grown remarkably in just two years, and that growth seems certain to continue.

But Raj Singh, a Canadian who supports England because he has relatives in Britain, said the team may have passed up their best opportunity in a lifetime to reach a World Cup final.