"Don't Look Back In Anger" - England fans' emotional praise following Croatia defeat

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He said: "All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying: 'OK, today we will see who will be exhausted.' They should be more humble and respect their opponents more".

Croatia's legs at the start seemed to carry the weight of so many minutes in the knockout stage, and a pressing England went up quickly.

In Moscow, Croatia fans said they were taken aback by their side's win.

Croatia will take on France in the final on Sunday.

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"Croatia were better than them".

Many had predicted England would have the advantage as time went on because of that but Modric has criticised the media for those thoughts. "The chances fell to him in the first half, but he wasn't quite good enough".

"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.

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Harry Kane looks set to claim the Golden Boot as the World Cup's leading scorer, but the Tottenham star rarely looked like adding to his six goals against Croatia.

Suddenly the massed ranks of red-and-white-clad Croatia fans behind Pickford's goal started to believe and shortly afterwards Perisic hit the post but England somehow clung on to take the game into extra-time.

Meanwhile, England captain Kane struggled to hide his pain, as he admitted his team-mates failed to make the most of their chances to extend their adventure in Russian Federation.

Mario Mandzukic's strike in extra-time sealed it as Croatia played an additional 30 minutes for the third time in a row.

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

As for the game itself, Southgate was pleased with aspects of his team's performance against an experienced and wily Croatian side, who will now play France in Sunday's World Cup Final.

The country of around four million people came to a standstill as Croatians watched the game on screens in squares and cafes. I'm hugely proud of what we've done - I couldn't have asked for any more. That is why this hurts so much.

Croatia's best chance of the half came in the 31st minute when Modric squared back to Rebic inside the box but his left foot shot was saved by Pickford.

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