Gary Neville hails England for exceeding expectations despite World Cup heartbreak

England's Harry Kane celebrates victory with his family in the stand

While Southgate's waistcoat accumulates national attention, another item worn by the Three Lions boss has been credited with bringing luck to the team in Russian Federation.

An AFP photographer has laughed off Croatia's wild celebrations after Mario Mandzukic's goal against England sent them into the World Cup final.

The 51-year-old made it his mission to change that and the results have been spectacular, most notably a 3-0 demolition of Argentina in the group stage, although the side has needed penalties to get past Denmark and hosts Russian Federation in the knockout stages. "There's a lot of enthusiasm".

"Wasn't to be this time but it's been a great journey that's made the country proud", May tweeted.

"We shouldn't be surprised Croatia is in the last four", said Dalic.

"I was just changing my lens as the players ran towards me", said photographer Yuri Cortez, who was positioned next to the pitchside advertising boards.

But not everyone from Bournemouth will be rooting for Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson. Tournaments are supposed to get tougher as the rounds progress and this was certainly a step up for England's midfield.

The Leicester City centre-back has emerged as a national hero on the back of his superb performances during England's run to the semi-finals in Russian Federation, not least for his thumping header against Sweden; a goal John Terry or Terry Butcher would have been proud to call their own.

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England Football Tweeted to their fans to thank them for support throughout the Russian Federation 2018 campaign. But when you've got to this point and played as well as we have. you want to take these opportunities in life.

While fans in England dispersed and the fan parks emptied, Croatia will be preparing for one more big party come Sunday.

Croatian players competed for Yugoslavia between 1945 and 1990 and the modern Croatian FA was not recognised by Federation Internationale de Football Association and UEFA until 1993.

"Of course, the tournament ended in disappointment and it is nice to be able to put a different frame on it now".

"I was back in my hometown, rooting for Croatia in my jersey", Perisic told reporters. "Realistically, I don't think any of us did". Experiences we've come through, that an inexperienced team have to go through to get better.

Millions are expected to flood into England's pubs tonight in the hope of finding the most electric atmosphere to watch the game.

Bournemouth South Police said there will be three main road closures in the town centre at the end of the game.

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