Croatia’s route to the 2018 World Cup final

Harry Kane and England now must prepare for the third-placed play-off rather than the World Cup final

Harry Kane and England now must prepare for the third-placed play-off rather than the World Cup final

Modric starred as Croatia came from behind to win 2-1 in extra time in Moscow and set up a Sunday final against France.

The song was reworked multiple times for subsequent tournaments that England participated in but it wasn't until 2018 when the song took on a life of its own. I've said all along that the team spirit we have got here has been fantastic and I think you see that in the way we celebrate after a game.

Croatian team had previously come third in the 1998 World Cup, which is the same year when France won their first world cup.

A country with a population of just four million and ranked 20 in Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, Croatia is the first team to avoid defeat after trailing in three knockout matches at a single World Cup.

Vrsaljko, who plays for Atletico Madrid, had struggled to be ready for the match after playing in two previous extra-time matches, but he found the strength to lift his exhausted, battered team to a comeback win.

In light of the heartbreak, Prince William took to Twitter to commend the England team, writing: "I know how disappointed England must feel right now but I couldn't be more proud of this team and you should hold your heads high". We have three days to prepare ourselves. "It's something to have got this far".

Gareth Southgate acknowledges the England supporters after the loss to Croatia
Gareth Southgate acknowledges the England supporters after the loss to Croatia

"The boys' feet are on the ground and everyone is pulling in the same way".

Scotland's political leaders have maintained a jocular tone during England's progression to the semi-finals in Russian Federation.

Wales fan Elis Anwyl, 22, has been flying the flags of every one of England's opponents at his home. Look at the other teams they'll be up against. He said that it was only after England beat Scotland 2-0 in their second game that the stadium MC played the song with the crowd singing the chorus, "It's Coming Home".

One complicating factor for ABEs is that Southgate and his young team are genuinely likeable, having shed the baggage that has weighed down so many England teams in past tournaments.

"We felt that and now they have done twice so it could play a major advantage".

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