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The defender is not ready for his World Cup dream to be over as he targets a first England final since

"Now I want to go and see what's going on in Russian Federation", said one fan, Michael Roberts, 27, as he waited for his flight.

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, left, is beaten by a header from France's Samuel Umtiti for the opening goal during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia on Tuesday.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic praised Luka Modric ahead of his team's World Cup semi-final against England, saying the midfielder was in career-best form.

Officers from Durham Constabulary said that when the Three Lions beat Sweden in Saturday's quarter-final game, the force had its busiest night of the year.

Croatia stunned England in the 109th minute of the first extra time period when Mario Mandzukic slipped behind the defense and poked a shot past the keeper to put his team up 2-1 for good. I don't say it's a miracle because we played well but because only big teams can be so courageous and play a tournament like this with a heart.

The British Beer and Pub Association said 30 million extra pints have been sold during all of England's World Cup matches thus far.

As more players piled on, they crashed into the photographers.

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He said: "They were the better team, that's all that happened".

Croatia opened at 60-1 World Cup odds to win the entire tournament; entering the semis, it was still the underdog at 4-1.

"When you get to this stage of the competition, the margins are fine. they've taken two of their (chances) and we weren't able to respond".

In-fact, 72% of England's goals have come from set-pieces.

There were scenes of heartbreak at the various fan parks across the nation, including at Hyde Park, where 30,000 gathered to watch the big game.

Croatia fans in Zagreb react to key match moments in the World Cup semifinal win over England. "I don't think realistically we expected to be here". There had been huge optimism during the day that while France in the final would be a tough proposition, there was little doubt that England would make it.

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