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Too early to take positives for proud England boss Southgate

12 Juillet 2018

Saturday's 2-0 victory over Sweden took manager Gareth Southgate's team into a World Cup semi-final for the first time in 28 years, raising the prospect of England possibly winning the tournament for the first time since 1966. And Dalic says their story has yet to end.

Croatia, meanwhile, has played an extra game given the three 30-minute extra times they've participated in. "It's a massive game against Wales but we're confident of getting a win and a place in France next year".

"My father actually played for former Yugoslavia, and I know my brother played for a long time, so yes, it's a bit of a tradition".

"I wanted to substitute, but nobody wanted to be subbed".

'But in extra-time we came back into the game, showed composure and the biggest thing is the supporters at the end, the reaction.

The Mirror said England players will "return home as national heroes after valiant display".

He said: "We've been in the pub since 6am this morning trying to get the pub ready".

He added: "France are top-drawer".

"We have to play as if this were the first game in this tournament". I thought it would be 2-1 to Croatia.

Croatia needed extra time and penalties to overcome Denmark and Russian Federation before outlasting England in another marathon knockout-stage match. (Luka) Modric and (Ivan) Rakitic pressed their backline and we had the ball possession.

Among the best was Marcelo Brozovic, the Inter Milan midfielder brought into the line-up to provide extra steel in front of the defence.

Dalic's side seemed to get stronger as the match wore on and he hailed his team's grit and willingness to run in the historic match against the Three Lions. Experiences we've come through, that an inexperienced team have to go through to get better.

Croatia will take on France in their first World Cup final on Sunday afternoon at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

One fan then leaned out of the window to shake the 22-year-old Tottenham star's hand. He is more of a destroyer than a creator, as is his understudy Eric Dier, so Southgate must find a way to support them with a player who can pick a pass and dictate the tempo of a game.

Too early to take positives for proud England boss Southgate