Dejan Lovren makes SHOCK revelation after Croatia beat England

World Cup- Belgium Training- Sochi Russia- Jun 16 2018 Belgium's assistant coach Thierry Henry with coach Roberto Martinez during training. Reuters

"A kick in the Balkans": The Metro references Croatia as England's tormentors with a pun but insists Southgate's men are "still our heroes".

"In the first half, it was probably nerves for both teams, especially Croatia after the early goal by England".

Few are as accomplished as Croatia, even when they are on the brink of exhaustion following two successive penalty shootouts, and as England ran out of ideas, Luka Modric was able to pick holes in their defensive lines time and again.

After France beat Belgium 1-0 in Saint-Petersburg on Tuesday night to book their place in the World Cup final, the attention now turns to the other semi-final as England take on Croatia.

Matt Reece, 25, who works in marketing, said England had far outperformed the low expectations of them when the tournament began.

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.

England were knocked out of the tournament by Croatia, and Kane looked a million miles away from his normal lethal self.

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"Finals have to be won because we have still not got over the one we lost two years ago", said Deschamps. Eric Dier has warned England will face one of the best players in the world tonight.

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John Stones has been England's third-biggest attacking threat at this World Cup, being on the end of 1.45 xG, and scoring twice from the chances he has had.

England take on Croatia in the World Cup this evening.

"Everybody kept telling me, 'I'm ready". They're a likable group with a likable manager, and they can really play.

"We are deservedly in the final", Croatia coach Dalic said.

For England, this was so much better than anyone could have possibly expected. They reached the World Cup semi-final for the first time since Italia 90.

Lovren kept golden boot leader Harry Kane quiet and will be hoping to go one better this weekend after losing the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

From Southgate's perspective, though, a third-placed finish will add to the sense of achievement and pride and at least allow England to leave Russian Federation on the high most will agree they have deserved.

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