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And it was Croatia who emerged victorious with goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saving from Christian Eriksen, Lasse Schone and Nicolai Jorgensen to put his side through to the quarter-finals for the first time in 20 years.

"If you're learning a new way of taking a corner kick or a free kick, that will be benefitted by getting a good night's sleep".

'Thank you for trying your best, we love you England!'

In Croatian football local club giants Dinamo Zagreb has been responsible for producing some of the country's biggest football stars who have are now enjoying World Cup success. When Spanish journalist Guillem Balague tweeted during the walkover against Panama that England struggled "in the inside channels, between the lines" he was hammered, but he was right.

"We want to finish on a high and these players deserve to finish on a high", said the Spaniard.

Croatian-Australians have always had a strong presence in the Australian national team, including big names like striker Mark Viduka and Mark Bosnich, the former goalkeeper for Manchester United and Chelsea Football Club, helping to popularize the sport. For so long those roles have been reversed.

"This was our problem for 10 years, we had great individuals but no unity and that's why I had to build that unity of objective in the team".

And it's also true that Southgate did not help himself in that regard.

In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic they have the midfield engines of both Real Madrid and Barcelona, while the scorer of their victor against the Three Lions, Mario Mandzukic, won the Champions League with Bayern Munich and now plays for Juventus.

The defeat was not unwarranted, but it was certainly painful. We have a chance to win a medal at a World Cup, which only one other English team has ever done.

France failed to click in the group stages but they have gone up through the gears during the knockout rounds and look a formidable blend of youthful vitality and experience.

Thousands of Croats would like to attend Sunday's final match and the 1,500 lucky of them have managed to obtain tickets and will fly aboard seven charter planes from Zagreb to Moscow on Sunday morning.

"He brought us calmness, he perked us up".

Rakitic expects neutrals from across the world to back his nation. Some of the players not feeling well, so it may be a few substitutions.

"Players, staff...things always change for whatever reasons. I started at the bottom of the ladder", he said via a translator at the Luzhniki Stadium.

  • Julie Sanders