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Croatia's win means they have become the 13th country and the tenth European nation to qualify for the World Cup final in the history of the tournament.

The Croatians went into Russian Federation as the 20th-ranked team in the world, but in particular their midfield talents of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic meant they were fancied by many as dark horses for a decent run. "As you rest & prepare for the play-off know we're with you".

Croatia, with a population of just 4.17 million, booked their place in the July 15 final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium by beating England at the same venue 2-1 after extra time on Wednesday night.

Gareth Southgate and The FA have made a decision to keep their return from Russian Federation as a low-key affair, despite fans wanting to celebrate England's best World Cup performance in 28 years.

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He (Kane) has captained the team exceptionally well, he has led the culture we are trying to create". Manager Zlatko Dalic nevertheless said: "We want the whole world to watch Croatia play.

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

"The youth and enthusiasm of the team propelled them back into the minds of their public", said Southgate.

Southgate and his players have been hailed back home after reaching the last four for the first time since 1990, and for bringing together a nation bitterly divided over Brexit.

"We've proved to ourselves and our country that's possible".

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It was a very royal affair as President Trump and the first lady met Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle in England Friday. He also talked about how his mother, who was born in Scotland, loved the royal family and all things pomp and pageantry.

"We wanted to go on and win it and we thought we had enough to go through but it wasn't to be". This is the third match in which Croatia played an extra time.

Writing on Twitter, he said: "Dear England - you have been incredible throughout this tournament".

"They underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake". I'm not looking for eight years by the way but internationally you have to wait every two years.

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