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England manager Gareth Southgate reflects on World Cup exit

England manager Gareth Southgate reflects on World Cup exit

His stepovers, pace, precise passes, shooting and most of all, his vast hunger kept him going and going until the breakthrough was made.

Modric, whose team initially went 1-0 down to England thanks to a sublime free kick by Kieran Trippier in the fifth minute, accused the English press of showing a lack of respect to Croatia.

England captain Harry Kane was heartbroken after the loss but admitted that England had paid the price for being too passive in the second half after a bright opening 40 minutes.

"We were planning to leave, but now we have to stay until Monday", said Sinisa Pavlek, a Croatian living in Germany as he emerged from the stadium with a broad smile on his face. "It's about creating an environment to be best we can be, a professional culture".

"We've come an incredibly long way in a short time and the experiences against Colombia, Sweden, is probably beyond where we thought we could go".

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He told ITV after the match: "We dominated the game physically, mentally, in all aspects". He knows what to say at the right time.

"We're in the final, it's a dream, but we aren't stopping here".

Manager Gareth Southgate said England "left everything out there" after falling to an extra-time defeat by Croatia in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

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It will be the underdog against a dynamic French team in Sunday's final.

However, this time he was far more direct, playing on the last shoulder of the Croatian backline and zooming off towards goal rather than retreating away from it.

What is not in doubt is their quality. But then midway through the second half, Croatia struck.

"England's four and a half weeks at the World Cup deserves a little better".

As well as scoring, Perisic also hit the post for the second straight game and set up Mandzukic's victor, heading a poor clearance toward the Juventus striker to score.

Croatia beat England 2-1 on Wednesday in the World Cup semi-finals, earning a trip to the final in a first in the country's history.

Vrsaljko cleared a John Stones header off the line midway through the first extra period.

This kind of scenario has come up on a couple other occasions during the World Cup, with the idea being, according to International Football Association Board rules, that one player must be on the opposing team's side field or else a quick restart can be taken while teams are celebrating.