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There were stories I knew wouldn’t be true’ – England boss Southgate on World Cup hosts Russia

It was the first time England had reached a semi-final in the World Cup since 1990.

Despite Kieran Trippier giving England an early lead, Croatia clawed their way back into the game and edged past Southgate's side after extra time. There are a lot of things that have been hugely positive for us. Croatia had prevailed on penalties in both the last 16 and the quarter-finals, defeating Denmark and then tournament hosts Russian Federation.

France will have had 24 hours longer to prepare for the game after edging out Belgium 1-0 in 90 minutes in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.

If he has played the same number of minutes in two separate positions, then he is placed in the one he played in most recently. "I have huge respect for France".

This time around, we could see the stars play, or we could see some more reserves to get some guys some minutes, and that makes picking here hard. "Going to extra-time might be a problem along with the fact France have had an extra day to recover but there will be no excuses", he added. "After 1998 [when Croatia lost to France in the semifinals], this is the best team for Croatia at a World Cup, and I believe they will win in the final".

Dalic was only appointed as Croatia coach towards the end of their qualifying campaign, leading them to Russian Federation via a play-off win against Greece.

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Signs at Heathrow's Terminal 5 showed excited customers where to "ChecK-ane" (see what they did there?!) for the 8.45am flight, before they were offered free Marks and Spencer waistcoats so that they could channel their inner Gareth Southgate.

Domagoj Vida and Mario Mandzukic let the young ones join in the post-match celebrations on the Luzhniki pitch.

"But from the second half onwards we played much better, and we showed our real standard", said Perisic. "It's a great honour for all the players and the supporters, and I don't think we're really aware of the scale of it just yet".

There were a range of feelings across Scotland on Wednesday night, before, during and after England's 2-1 extra-time defeat to Croatia in the World Cup semi-final.

Football fans in Reading had a traumatic evening as they went through all the emotions as England crashed out of the World Cup.

"Of course it is going to be a really hard task over the next 24 hours to assess everybody and to get everybody mentally back to where we want them for a game like that".

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