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England's World Cup final dream over but William 'couldn't be more proud'

12 Juillet 2018

Croatia defender Dejan Lovren believes his exhausted team are ready to seize the opportunity of a lifetime when they face England in the World Cup semi-finals in Moscow today.

'In the second half we had to weather the storm a bit.

"Coach Zlatko Dalić has done a wonderful job, all the players are united and they're playing well".

The England central defender has seen his stock rise no end after a magnificent World Cup where his performances have helped his country to the last four of the tournament. Three times now we've been a goal down and have come back, and that really says a lot about our team spirit.

George Lee, 59, from Hull, also backed Southgate's young team to get to the final, predicting a 2-1 win.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the final set to be played at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

He said: "We thought we'd do well because you've got all the youngsters in now, you know there's no superstars where they just walk about, "I can do what I like".

England lost much of their first-half momentum after the break.

"Semi-finals, they've done what they had to do, they took us to the semi-finals".

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"That speaks volumes in itself". You give everything you have, build friendships with your team, give everything for your country and play in a way that you hope connects with the fans.

Hyde Park was a mess as everyone went home.

"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.

"It's been fantastic until now".

"Now we have another chance to do something even better".

Nick Branch, 35, joked: "I'm a West Ham fan so I'm used to disappointment".

"We've come an incredibly long way in a short space of time", Southgate told a press conference after the match.

England's World Cup final dream over but William 'couldn't be more proud'