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England still relied on long balls, says Croatia's Vrsaljko

13 July 2018, 02:57 | Anna Jefferson

Would shutting Kane and England out see Dejan Lovren finally earn everyone's trust?

'Croatia are the best team we have faced yet' – Southgate on England's semi-final opponents

I don't think realistically we expected to be here, but once you're here and played as well as we did, you want to take those opportunities in life, ' the England boss said.

"We gave it everything, I know we're gonna look back and say we could have done this and what but at the end of the day it was small margins in a big game and it didn't go our way today", said striker Kane, now the tournament's top scorer with six goals. "Second half, fair play to Croatia they came out and put the pressure on and we were under the cosh for a little while", the 24-year-old skipper said.

After taking an early lead, England mustered just one more effort on target through John Stones' 98th min header.

It was England´s best performance at a major tournament since Southgate was part of the team that reached the semi-finals at Euro ´96.

For Croatia, it's on the brink of arguably the most shocking World Cup title run in modern history.

Having gone into extra time and penalties in their previous two games ahead of Wednesday's semi-final, Modric said there was an assumption that the Croatian team would be exhausted, giving England the advantage. "Have another glass. Take another look, if you can, at those moments from Kaliningrad to Moscow when this capable England team played above itself and turned a drowsy, toxic summer back home into something else".

Mario Mandzukic of Croatia celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with teammates during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Croatia and England.




"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".

France, which won its only title at home in 1998, will have an extra day of rest after beating Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday. We expect the most hard game of this World Cup.

But it took just five minutes into the semi-final for Trippier to write his name on the score sheet.

This stretched the pitch out to England's advantage with the Croatian defenders understandably wary of playing a high line that Sterling's pace could break.

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

With such a youthful squad taking part in Russian Federation, there is clearly a hope that Wednesday's semi-final defeat won't be the last time that this group of players contest the latter stages of a major tournament.



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