Did England attempt to score while Croatia celebrated second goal?

Peter Crouch celebrates after pulling England level

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford goes to ground as Sime Vrsaljko of Croatia runs by celebrating victory in their Fifa World Cup semifinal in Moscow.

Croatia equalised in the 68th minute, thanks to a goal by Ivan Perisic who profited on some weak defensive work by England, who looked below-par in the second half.

As a result, Croatia are through to their first ever World Cup final.

Indeed, after getting to the tournament's final four, after reversing a frightful penalty shootout history, in its round-of-16 win over Colombia, there's a sense of optimism in England about this young, talented and appealing team.

England´s midfielder Jordan Henderson (L), England´s coach Gareth Southgate (C) and England´s defender Phil Jones react after losing the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018.

"They [England] thought they were already in the final, with all the things uploaded on [social] networks", he said, per the Sun.

"They can keep doing their stuff and we will play on Sunday".

"But knockout football is fine margins and when you have spells in the game and when you have chances against real quality, you've got to make them count".

But the bottom line is they will now be facing France in the final: not England.

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"Last night I had a fever, nearly 39C", he revealed in a post-match interview.

His decision-making in the final third and weight of pass will also become more consistent the more he plays in the support striker role for England while another year couple of years working under Pep Guardiola will hopefully see him reach new levels of performance.

It clearly means a lot to anyone associated with Croatia, an idea that Dalic reiterated after the game.

"I insisted that I can not teach these players football, they play fantastic football already. This is what they have accepted", he said, per Goal.

Croatia took over the match after the equalizer and England rarely produced any scoring threats the rest of the way as the midfield of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic had the Three Lions running in circles.

Asked later about his chances of winning the Ballon d'Or, he said: "I am just concerned with the team, with success for Croatia".

"Of course it´s going to be a really hard task over the next 24 hours to get everyone mentally back to where we want them for a game like that". It went into extra-time and Gareth Southgate replaced Ashley Young with Danny Rose on the flank. I'm remarkably proud of the group of players - the reaction of the supporters compared to two years ago shows the country are proud of the way we played.

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