Croatian players crash into photographer, kiss him madly while celebrating victor

Tottenham Hotspur's English midfielder Dele Alli celebrates scoring the opening goal with Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane during the English Premier League football

Tottenham Hotspur's English midfielder Dele Alli celebrates scoring the opening goal with Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane during the English Premier League football

"I was just changing my lens as the players ran towards me", said photographer Yuri Cortez, who was positioned next to the pitchside advertising boards. "France are a young team, Brazil are young", he said.

The emotion and joy were evident to see on the faces of the Croatian players as the full-time whistle went in tonight's World Cup semi-final.

Speaking to Sky News 22 years on, the ex-footballer said: "Football's coming home, I couldn't listen to it for 20 years, frankly".

Alas, it was not to be.

France and Belgium are seen as the strongest teams left in the competition, which means the victor of Tuesday's match will head into the final as favourites to be crowned world champions.

"I've been to lots of failures and I thought this was the time". Look at the other teams they'll be up against. The average age of the English squad was under 26, the joint-youngest in the World Cup tournament, and only three of the current players - Ashley Young, Jamie Vardy, and Gary Cahill - are over 30. It is believed that Harry, 24, will fly back to the United Kingdom to be there for the birth.

"The players have to look at the reaction of the supporters". Croatia has never advanced to the championship match. But the squad that England fielded in 2018 seemed like a completely different team, despite comprising numerous same players.

The BBC says one of the two videos in which Vida appeared was posted online after Croatia beat host Russian Federation for the right to play in the semi-final against England.

England could then have had the semi won by half-time, but Harry Maguire, Harry Kane and Jesse Lingard all failed to finish clear chances. The waistcoat-wearing coach has transformed England's prospects, and he seems sure to stick around.

Kieran Trippier was an unlikely third name on the list of those who have scored for England in a World Cup semi-final, joining Sir Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker with a glorious fifth-minute free-kick. A strategic plan launched in 2016 is targeting having "England men's and women's senior teams ready to win in 2022 and 2023".

The iconic football song has become the anthem for England's 2018 World Cup bid, but it has a very different meaning to their football manager, who is famed for missing a crucial penalty in Euro 1996.

And the team is already eyeing up the road ahead.

The 46-year-old, from Four Oaks in Birmingham, said: "Absolutely flying - can't explain how good it feels, especially after Italia 90".