Photographer mobbed by Croatia goal celebration in England semi-final

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Southgate and his players are sure to be greeted as heroes when they return from Russian Federation, but underlying frustration will linger after missing their shot at glory.

"They were delighted. Then they suddenly realised that I was underneath them".

Croatia will use their defeat in the 1998 World Cup semi-finals to France as motivation in Sunday's World Cup final, says Ivan Perisic. No-one believed before the World Cup that we could go this far, but we believed.

"For me, we are not favourites".

Ecstatic Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is confident tiredness will not be an issue for his side when they face France in the World Cup final despite once again coming through extra time to beat England on Wednesday.

In a World Cup filled with exciting comebacks and a record-breaking number of matches decided by penalty kicks, all it took for France to best a high-scoring Belgian team was a single goal.

"We've brought English fans back in love with the English team". And we've proved that is possible. It will be a different sort of scenario. And while the young Lions - tied with Les Bleus as the greenest in the whole tournament - barely threatened for most of the next hour, it felt like Trippier's early strike would hold up against a exhausted team that had played nearly another full match in winning its first two knockout games from the penalty spot.

There is still work to be done and finding a way to create more chances from open play looks chief among Southgate's tasks. Factor in injury time and successive shootout wins over Denmark and Russian Federation, and Croatia has just played the equivalent of 4½ matches in 11 days.

"We know what it takes and in such moments you forget any fatigue you may feel", said the 29-year-old Liverpool player.

"But I've said all along we're not ideal, we're not the finished article".

"We are keeping our feet on the ground, we are not getting carried away". There's a lot we could have done better, but they played well.

Pogba said while Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was their driving force the French plan would not be limited to stopping the Real Madrid playmaker.

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