Sunday's final is coming up 20 years after France won their only World Cup trophy and 12 years after they lost the 2006 final to Italy.
"It was a very hard game, we all know what was at stake and how important a semi-final is for a small country like Croatia", said Perisic. We want players at 100 per cent fit.
"We've shown pride and passion".
Southgate reserved special praise for the way the country has united this summer, the closest England have been to worldwide honours since their infamous semi-final defeat to Germany at Wembley 22 years ago.
"I've got a amusing feeling that the momentum is so good, and, you know, especially now that we're all going to turn up with special Gareth waistcoats, and that can only help can't it", said fan Lee Walkup, 50.
Dalic, who enjoyed a solid but unspectacular career as a midfielder in Croatia, was given the national job past year after success as a coach in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
There are a number of key battles that may well decide the game; how John Stones copes with the physicality of Mario Mandzukic will be one, as will how Jordan Henderson can cope playing against Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic. The two teams played in the final group stage match with reserves, with Belgium winning 1-0 and earning placement into the tougher side of the knockout bracket as a result.
"We were planning to leave, but now we have to stay until Monday", said Sinisa Pavlek, a Croatian living in Germany as he emerged from the stadium with a broad smile on his face.
England Football Tweeted to their fans to thank them for support throughout the Russian Federation 2018 campaign.
In the end, neither Croatia nor England was expected to make it this deep into the tournament, but here they are and France is waiting. That means that 70 out of 161 goals scored at this World Cup have come from set pieces. "I feel that as a nation we have progressed and hopefully there is more to come in the future". A separate video led to a Croatian coach being sent home. They won penalty shootouts following 120 minutes against Denmark in the round of 16 and Russian Federation in the quarterfinals.
And looking at those eyes, who could blame him. "As every game's gone on they have got better and better". You are just nitpicking a bad performance.
"Now I've got to go".
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