England hurting for third-place playoff at Russian Federation 2018 Fifa World Cup

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With sound positioning and good attacking play including a special goal against Argentina, Pavard has exceeded expectation.

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Dalic said he had allowed his players to celebrate the victory on Wednesday night and was consequently unaware of the extent of any injuries in his squad.

Kane, who scored six goals in Russian Federation to equal Gary Lineker's record for England strikes at a single World Cup, struggled as Gareth Southgate's side slipped to a 2-1 extra-time defeat at the Luzhniki Stadium that ended their hopes of ending over 50 years of hurt.

Both had already qualified for the round of 16 when Belgium beat England 1-0 in the last game of the group stage on Adnan Januzaj's curling shot in a game likened to a friendly thanks to 17 lineup changes.

"You were hoping we were gonna get exhausted towards the end of the game but it was us, Brozovic, Modric, Rakitic who lifted and raised their game", Bilic explains.

It is a lot easier to be a player in these games than it is to be a fan, though.

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Even if the result is quickly forgotten by the fans, it will be remembered in English Premier League locker rooms.

"All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying, "OK, today we will see who will be tired".

"We are in the final". What more could we ask for?

"I was in Nice to watch us lose too Iceland, I was in Kiev to lose against Italy". Several Croatian players appeared concerned for his safety and once his well-being had been established, defender Domagoj Vida planted a kiss on his forehead before running back onto the pitch.

"If I was in charge of the FA there would be no doubt that I would keep Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland and give them the chance to take the team to the next Euros and the next World Cup".

The Three Lions' failure to reach their first World Cup final in 52 years was greeted with desolation in the stadium in Moscow.

"But equally we want to be a team that's hitting quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals - that was what we've aimed to do in the long term and we've proved that is possible".

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