Croatia to Wear Red & White Checkers in World Cup Final

Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric will provide a tough test for England on Wednesday

Image Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric will provide a tough test for England in the semi-final

England will play Belgium in the third-place match on Saturday, so there's still a chance that Southgate and the team won't walk away totally empty-handed.

"Did we expect to be in this position?" But when you've got to this point and played as well as we have. you want to take these opportunities in life. "The dressing room is a hard place at the moment". "I thank him for everything he did at Real Madrid".

Croatia must recover quickly for Sunday's showpiece - no easy feat.

The biggest concern for Croatia ahead of Sunday's final is fatigue, as they also required extra time and penalties to come through against Denmark in the last 16 and hosts Russian Federation in the quarter-finals.

Liverpool legend John Aldridge slated Dejan Lovren ahead of Croatia's World Cup semifinal victory over England.

"I just believe we can come back another time, and I hope before I die I see England win the World Cup", Ogunde said.

"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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"We've proved to ourselves that is possible and we've proved to our country that is possible".

England surpassed everyone's expectations in the tournament and the personalised letters are a flawless example of Southgate's attention to detail and classy man-management. "Many of these players have come of age and I couldn't be prouder of them".

"He wasn't even moving around in the second half against Colombia".

Federation Internationale de Football Association has employed teams of specialist observers at all World Cup matches to detect possible racist and homophobic chanting and banners at matches.

Southgate said of the crushing defeat to Croatia: "We knew the team we brought was the most inexperienced team in the competition and the only way we're going to boost that is by playing in more tournament games".

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