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Croatia's supporters celebrate the second goal as they watch on a giant screen the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England, at the main square in Zagreb.

England went ahead with its ninth set-piece goal of the tournament, after Luca Modric tripped Dele Alli, giving England a free kick about 25 yards out in the centre of the field.

England can reach their second-ever World Cup final with a win and would face France. "We've all grown up watching England and to represent your country at a semi-final of a World Cup, there's no better feeling".

"We deserved the victory", said match-winner Mandzukic.

Jordan Pickford keeps his place in goal behind Kyle Walker, John Stones and Harry Maguire while Kieran Trippier and Ashley Young continue in their wing-back roles.

Southgate said: "The biggest thing is you could see [from the reaction of] the supporters, you can tell what the players have given and I can't ask anymore".

Croatia, in their first semi since 1998, levelled through Ivan Perisic after 68 minutes and then looked the more unsafe side. Midfielder Perisic was outstanding in the second half and caused England no end of problems. The Croatians rallied from behind to win 2-1 in extra time thanks to a goal from Mario Mandzukic.

It relates to the chanting of "no surrender" by England fans and other potentially discriminatory songs.


"We're gutted", said Harry Kane, still on course to finish as the tournament's top goalscorer with six strikes in Russian Federation.

The game went into extra-time but Croatia took the lead with a goal from Mario Mandzukic.

"But the team will be stronger for that and as we reflect over the next few days, there will be a lot more positives". It's been a fantastic journey. I think everyone will want to play but the gaffer will make a decision but yeah we're extremely proud of what we've achieved and we know we've restored some pride in the shirt back home as well. But we've fallen just a bit short. He knows what to say at the right time. They now have the chance to avenge that loss and become the ninth nation to win a World Cup final.

In delirious scenes in Paris, fans let off fire crackers and released smoke flares.

Despite the much-vaunted attack of teenager Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, France's defense proved the difference as they shut down Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku and they showed they will be hard to beat on Sunday.

"Normally he would have been forced into a change because someone would get injured but, freakishly, we've had no injuries".

"We all feel the pain of the defeat".

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