Chasing Croatian football dreams to final of Fifa World Cup 2018

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The centre-back helped Croatia reach the World Cup final as they beat England 2-1 after extra-time in the last four. "I'm feeling excited. Really happy about today's game".

"I think it's going to be very tight, Croatia are not going to be a pushover, by any means. They played well and made it difficult for us.it's hard to put your finger of it".

Shane Clee, 37, an agricultural goods salesman, said: "I'm a huge footie fan, and a big Shrewsbury Town fan in particular".

But Croatia found energy after the break when the game opened up, making England's missed first-half opportunities seem all-the-more significant.

"We blew our chances", 17-year-old Josh Ogunde said after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near Trafalgar Square in central London as the disappointed crowds streamed home. I thought it would be more of a test than this.

"We do try and encourage a family atmosphere here, so we want to get the mums, dads and kids in after school". I have been here since this afternoon and the pub has gradually filled up. But we aren't going to make excuses.

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"It's not just my generation, it would be fantastic for the younger generation too if we won". The players do our best on the field and try to respect what the manager says. The atmosphere was great because it's nice to see children getting involved and getting behind the team as well as adults. Had Southgate's players faced a Brazil, France, Uruguay or Portugal before this stage, they might not have made it so far because the lack of service to Harry Kane would really have told against such high-quality opposition.

Asked for the reasons behind Croatia's comeback, Dalic said: "Because we were the better team in all segments of the game. It would have been so wonderful to win the cup".

"This is in stark contrast to the fans out in Russian Federation, whose behavior, apart from a couple of minor incidents, has been great", said Mark Roberts, the National Police Chiefs' Council Lead for Football Policing.

The former Manchester United and England full-back thinks that Kane, who has six goals to his name and could still win the Golden Boot, must have been carrying a knock.

England's World Cup dream may have ended one game short of the final, but the English media are standing by their men.

"We're still one of only three teams ever to get to a semi-final, and I think for all of the players and staff they have got to be proud of that".

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