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"So for them to go back to their country and take a nation like Croatia to the World Cup final is something incredible".

"You look at all these England players and majority haven't won a trophy". We showed we weren't exhausted.

England started the game on the front foot but they couldn't have dreamed for a better start than the one Kieran Trippier gave them inside five minutes. He did not give in to the temptation to bring in Eric Dier and place himself alongside Henderson in a deeper, double pivot at the base of midfield to cope with Modric and Ivan Rakitic who have been the most accomplished pairing at this World Cup.

Croatia could hardly believe it after Mario Mandzukic found the back of the net in extra time to defeat England in the Fifa World Cup semifinals.

The Three Lions fully deserved their first half lead and the only disappointing aspect was that they didn't go into the interval further ahead.

Ultimately, Croatia made it through, recovering from a brutal first half to forge a path to victory by a score of 2-1 in extra time.

As the extra period started Croatia struggled to maintain their intense pressure but continued to threaten the England defense.

England's hopes of claiming a place in Sunday's final against France faded as a second half goal from Ivan Perisic and an extra time victor from Mario Mandzukic left Gareth Southgate's players shattered, with Keane suggesting the English agony should be laced with pride. "You can hear the fans singing out there after the defeat it's a proud feeling you know and all we can do is try and build on it". "It hurts a lot, [and will hurt] for a while". But Kane said the team could "hold our heads held high" as they "went further than anybody thought". It's been a fantastic journey.

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"The more of these tests we can come through, the better, not just for now, but moving forward". But we've fallen just a bit short.

In the second half, everything changed.

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In delirious scenes in Paris, fans let off fire crackers and released smoke flares.

France coach Didier Deschamps said he was delighted to have the chance to bury the pain of the Euro 2016 final, which his side lost on home soil to Portugal.

England captain Harry Kane said: "It's tough".

"They played well and made it hard for us, but this feels like a missed opportunity".

Hazard shone at times but Kevin De Bruyne was quiet and Manchester United striker Lukaku was a shadow of the player he had been earlier in the tournament, even though Belgium enjoyed most of the possession.

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