Croatia’s World Cup coach always carries his rosary with him


In what is starting to look like the beginning of a tradition, the children of Croatian players found their way onto Luzhniki Stadium amid the celebration of Hrvatska's 2-1 extra time win over England. - Gareth SouthgateRobbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty ImagesTHANKING THE FANSFrom England Twitter: "To everyone who supported us".

"We had hoped [for this] and we believed in our team, but the feeling when we finally entered the finals can not be compared to anything", said Croatia fan Ivan Kecerin.

World Cup final: "For a country like Croatia, it's something historic to be in the final of a World Cup".

We had all got excited and dreamt that it would be us facing France in Sunday's final - but why shouldn't we dream?

Another right full-back, 22-year-old French defender, Benjamin Pavard's inclusion in the French squad for the World Cup drew a lot of criticism from fans across the globe.

Former national goalkeeper Peter Shilton said the missed first-half chances were "costly" but told fans to remember how far the team had come.

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"I'm anxious, but I've got my fingers crossed", said 27-year-old Charlie Conroy as the clock ticked away. Neither managed to get past the group stage. We have come a long way especially from two years ago.

England remain in the tournament and still have to play the third place play-off - dubbed "the game no-one wants to play" against Belgium at 3pm on Saturday, July 14.

Take Me Out host Paddy McGuiness said: "Deeply upset but what a World Cup campaign @England have given us".

All the players deserve praise, but the highlight for me was the performances of Harry Maguire, Jordan Pickford, John Stones, Kieran Trippier and Jordan Henderson. Each of their three knockout matches have now gone to extra time, meaning they'll have played 90 more minutes than France going into Sunday's final.

The rest of us must also recognise how successful these players can be - those who became used to winning with the Under 21s and the age groups below that.

A significant amount of the pre-tournament discussion was centred around potential trouble between England and Russian Federation fans, after the clashes between the two sets of supporters in Marseille in 2016.