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World Cup Semi-Final: England V. Croatia, Winner Will Play France

World Cup Semi-Final: England V. Croatia, Winner Will Play France

Ecstatic Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is confident tiredness will not be an issue for his side when they face France in the World Cup final despite once again coming through extra time to beat England on Wednesday.

England were comfortable winners over Sweden in their last game, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli. "I am happy with all my games, but I am here for the team, what can I do, I love games like this, but its all about the team", the goalscorer said, before adding. Taking to Instagram to share a throwback picture of her man, the mum-of-one said: "This feels like yesterday..."

Despite taking the lead early in the first half on Wednesday, England suffered the familiar story of World Cup heartbreak as Croatia equalised in the second half and then claimed the victor in the second period of extra time.

UEFA said Wednesday it is awaiting developments to assess Vrbanovic's role as a member of European soccer's committee overseeing national team competitions. I don't say it's a miracle because we played well but because only big teams can be so courageous and play a tournament like this with a heart.

The Croatians went into Russian Federation as the 20th-ranked team in the world, but in particular their midfield talents of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic meant they were fancied by many as dark horses for a decent run.

"When you get to this stage of the competition, the margins are fine. they've taken two of their (chances) and we weren't able to respond".

"We deserved to reach the final".

Most England fans were gracious in defeat, with one fan saying "Croatia was the better team" on the way out. Croatia has never won it all but will finally get their shot on Sunday.

While England's top football players were on the pitch, its top golfers were sitting at home watching the game unfold. "I think it's going to be incredibly loud in any bar we end up going to for the match".