England hold their heads high despite pain of World Cup loss

England hold their heads high despite pain of World Cup loss

"Extra time, I knew it was on the cards we weren't going to win that".

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said his team faces a "daunting task" to beat France in the World Cup final after their 2-1 victory over England in extra time on Wednesday.

"You see the supporters stay at the end and that tells you what the players have given, not just tonight but over the period and I can't ask any more of what the players and staff have given".

"Maybe (that was) a outcome of being ahead and being the least experienced team in the tournament with the chance to get to a World Cup final", he added.

Meanwhile, younger brother Prince Harry, who has been on a trip to Ireland with wife Meghan Markle, also expressed confidence in England's chances at the World Cup. The fairytale continues for Zlatko Dalic's team, which has once again shown its indomitable character. If you've got one or two players the you've got a situation where you can ease them during the first two weeks of the season.

France are rightly considered the better side based on how the 2018 World Cup has played out, but Croatia have defied the odds for the past month.

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But after Centre Court was left two-thirds empty during England's quarter-final match against Sweden last week, the ban has been negotiated and lifted.

"It was just a bit of fun to get them moving in some of the mobility exercises". "We will go into this final to win it as we have still not gotten over the [2016] final".

The Croatians become the smallest nation to contest the World Cup final since Uruguay, who won the tournament in 1950 when the nation had a population of around 2.4 million.

France were likely happy with the way Wednesday's semi-final unfolded.

"I'm completely devastated at the result, more than I thought I would be", he said. "Only great teams can be as fearless as we were and fight back from a goal down against teams like England", Mandzukic said. As the Standard reports, Prince William will be joined by members of the royal family as he is set to watch the game at his official Kensington Palace residence.

Gifted a relatively soft draw by the early exit of a number of traditional World Cup superpowers, England reached the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time since Euro 1996, when Southgate was part of the team.

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