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Fresh, confident and Southgate - the key words to describe England team

Fresh, confident and Southgate - the key words to describe England team

"Many of these players have come of age and I couldn't be prouder of them".

Jubilant Croatian fans honked their auto horns and let off fireworks after their national football team beat England 2-1 in extra time Wednesday to clinch a place in the World Cup finals against France.

Fans stationed behind the goal roared as a young boy wearing the Peresic name ran a scintillating line from nearly halfway to score in a packed away net.

He disappeared under a pile of blue-shirted bodies and became pinned down as the celebrations continued, before eventually emerging apparently unscathed. There was no animosity at the final whistle and instead thousands of our fans wanted to thank the players for what they have done for everyone over the past month.

"The players found it hard to cope with the pressure in that game".

Powell fully expected England to get knocked out at the quarter-final stage, but instead they're just two wins away from achieving the feat. Belgium and England face off in the third-place match after losing in the semifinals.

"We are in the final".

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Ultimately we were not good enough to win it, but we can accept that - as a team, they still far exceeded all of our expectations, and I would congratulate them for that.

"This was our problem for 10 years, we had great individuals but no unity and that's why I had to build that unity of objective in the team". They have given us so much to shout about.

Across teams, there have been a number of players who have stolen the headlines for their displays and maybe rightly so but there have been many who put in superb shifts for the team.

"If I was in charge of the FA there would be no doubt that I would keep Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland and give them the chance to take the team to the next Euros and the next World Cup".

Mario Mandzukic scored in Moscow's Luzhniki stadium giving the Balkan nation its first ever place in the finals in history, surprising even some fans with the result.

We want to carry on what we are doing, and maintain the positive feeling around the team and the fans.

"A couple of weeks ago, I would have taken this result", said another England fan.