Croatia to Wear Red & White Checkers in World Cup Final

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Mario Mandzukic put Croatia ahead after scoring in Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, giving the Balkan nation its first ever place in the finals in history, a result that surprised even some fans.

Ecstatic Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is confident tiredness will not be an issue for his side despite once again coming through extra time to beat England on Wednesday after the same extended show against Denmark and host Russian Federation.

But, for 31 of the 32 teams that qualify for the World Cup every for years, the tournament ends in disappointment, and that's especially true for the teams that lose in the semifinal. We are focused on ourselves.

Given they arrived in Russian Federation as rank outsiders, however, Southgate was invited to detail the positives from a campaign that appears to have repaired the strained relationship between England and its team.

"The team and the individuals will be better in a couple of years time".

This Morning host Holly Willoughby has shared a heartbreaking photo of her nine-year-old son Harry following England's defeat in the World Cup.


In their other appearance, in 1966, in London, they entered popular folklore by beating West Germany, an achievement that many fans have long thought they would never see again.

Thomas Meunier says beating England to the bronze medal is now the minimum requirement for Belgium at the 2018 World Cup.

The Chelsea defender said: "It is a good conversation for me to have with the manager in the coming month or so".

"We are an inexperienced team, a young team no one expected to get this far in the first place". And I know we will.

England had only ever played there once (a 2-1 defeat to Russian Federation back in 2007), and it seems like the curse / losing streak is destined to continue for the time being.

"I am immensely proud by the way the players have played and we can see by the reaction of the supporters, they felt the same".

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