FIFA Investigation Underway as England Fans Accused of 'Potentially Discriminatory' Chants

Katie made a joke about England manager Gareth Southgate

This isn't the first time the England set up has been investigated by Federation Internationale de Football Association this World Cup either.

Despite still reeling from Wednesday's semi-final defeat to Croatia, England's stars looked to raise spirits in training on Friday morning ahead of the third-place play-off against Belgium - with a unique quirk in that it is the second time in Russian Federation these sides will meet.

Southgate's team made a fine start to their quest to become the first England side to reach the final in 52 years but faded in the second half before going down 2-1 to the Croatians after extra time at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Kieran Trippier had opened the scoring for the Three Lions with a fifth-minute free-kick before Ivan Perisic equalised in the 68th minute.

In truth the reaction to England's semi-final loss has been notable for it's even-handedness, reflectiveness and dare we suggest it, even mild positivity, after what was in reality a campaign that largely exceeded expectations. Getting on the scoresheet here would probably see him over the line, while a hat trick would take him to nine goals, the most scored at a World Cup since 1970.

France will have 24 hours longer to prepare for the game after edging out Belgium 1-0 in 90 minutes in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.

Numerous photos show the players embracing Southgate.

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"This is fantastic", Dalic said. "I'm remarkably proud of the group of players", he added.

Croatia must recover quickly for Sunday's showpiece - no easy feat.

While Croatia fans began celebrating into the night in wild scenes of fireworks and frivolity in capital city Zagreb, their England counterparts walked home leaving a deserted mess of empty bottles and unwanted flags.

"We had hoped (for this) and we believed in our team, but the feeling when we finally entered the finals can not be compared to anything", said Ivan Kecerin, 41.

Liverpool legend John Aldridge slated Dejan Lovren ahead of Croatia's World Cup semifinal victory over England.

"For Croatian football and Croatia as a country, this is history being written", said Dalic.

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