Exhausted Croatia must draw on reserves for France final


Exhausted Croatia must draw on reserves for France final

When Dele Alli was brought down after five minutes in the semi-final against Croatia, England had a great opportunity to score with a free-kick outside the box. "The dressing room is a hard place at the moment". The photographs of the emotional moment are just so damn pure - like something straight out of Friday Night Lights.

Signs at Heathrow's Terminal 5 showed excited customers where to "ChecK-ane" (see what they did there?!) for the 8.45am flight, before they were offered free Marks and Spencer waistcoats so that they could channel their inner Gareth Southgate.

"When you get to this stage of the competition, the margins are fine. they've taken two of their (chances) and we weren't able to respond". "We worked hard defensively, we needed to take advantage a bit more in the counter-attacks but congratulations to my players and my staff", he said, according to Reuters.

This is an England team which has inspired a level of belief and excitement among the country's population which hasn't been seen in more than 20 years, and it has not gone unnoticed among the squad.

Despite not making the final, England have one more game to play at the World Cup when they face-off against Belgium on Sunday morning (AEST) in the third place play-off.

Laura Grimes, of Cambridge University Press, said: "The huge amount of language data we've collected and analysed gives us fascinating insight into the mood surrounding the World Cup".

Zlatko Dalic said that dealing with the prospect of facing France in the World Cup final on Sunday would wait as Croatia celebrated an historic first appearance in football's showpiece event. This is why I am proud.

"But I think we've built a house here now on good..."

"I'd be amazed if he doesn't come out in the next few days or week and something emerges about his fitness". There are a lot of things that have been hugely positive for us.

Captain Harry Kane tweeted: "It hurts a lot. They all looked at me when I was talking - "Not me, I can continue", Dalic concluded. "There was a period of the game in the second half where we didn't have that controlled possession, and the game became too end to end with us not building in the way we have been". He's captained the team brilliantly throughout this tournament.