Four key battles in Croatia-England semifinal

England's Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane

Dalic's side are looking to make history at this World Cup, as they have never been beyond the semi-finals stage, making the last-four just once back in 1998, their first appearance in a World Cup finals tournament.

It has seen widespread apathy towards the Three Lions replaced by excitement and renewed hope, with previously unheralded players stepping up and better-known names underlining their quality and in some cases changing perceptions.

Players former and current congratulate the Three Lions on their World Cup run. Less than five minutes were on the clock when Kieran Trippier curled a delicious free-kick past the helpless Danijel Subasic.

But football will not be coming home, and there will be no title to match the 1966 triumph at Wembley Stadium.

But Ivan Perisic grabbed the equaliser in the 68th minute, getting an outstretched boot to Sime Vrsaljko's cross and guiding the ball past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

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England were knocked out of the tournament by Croatia after their European rivals fought back from 1-0 down to win in extra-time. While France and Belgium did fulfil that potential, two teams that were not expected to be in the semi-finals are Croatia and England.

Andy Bradley, 42, from Hull, East Yorkshire, was among the throng of despondent England fans leaving the Moscow venue.

Southgate's only response was to take off Sterling for Marcus Rashford, keeping the same formation and failing to tackle the areas in which Croatia were dominating. What more could we ask for?

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'Get excited when they get to the final.

"Take all that raw experience and talent and take us all the way".

"They'll be the best team we've played in terms of what they're capable of doing with the ball, and what their individuals are capable of, definitely", Southgate said ahead of the game on Wednesday, as quoted on Sky Sports. We can at least defend two crosses. Perhaps he just expects more from the lad and was disappointed in him for switching off at such a crucial moment.

"I was in Nice to watch us lose too Iceland, I was in Kiev to lose against Italy". Anyway we won and the staff made this big thing about my lucky socks, saying I had to wear them next game.

"The enthusiasm they have for these players, not only because of the way they've played but how they've conducted themselves".

John Ryan, 33, from Coventry, was also in the Luzhniki to witness the defeat.

"Until they scored [the equaliser] we were always under cosh", Kane said.

Wednesday's game is Lovren's biggest on the global stage thus far, and it is perhaps his toughest test after the Champions League final, which he aced. The Tottenham man, who wears the captain's armband for his country, is the top marksman in the tournament with six goals but in addition to his goal-scoring nous, Kane is also a willing runner and a very hard worker for his team.

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