Croatian footballers mobbed the photographers' pit after beating England last night

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Although Walker described the players as "absolutely gutted" to miss out on a place in the World Cup final, he said they could take great encouragement from the emotional scenes at the end of Wednesday night's defeat against Croatia, when England fans showed their respect for the team's performances in Russian Federation by staying behind to applaud the players and singing their names. Croatian midfielder Ivan Perisic rose into the air and with an acrobatic touch off his left foot, drilled the ball into the back of the net. Before the game, Lovren was asked about Liverpool's 4-1 thrashing by Tottenham Hotspur in October, when he was terrorised by Harry Kane and substituted after 31 minutes.

"England of course have a reason to cry but they also have a reason to be optimistic", the Portuguese told Russia Today.

France will face Croatia in this year's World Cup final on Sunday evening after Zlatko Dalić's men came through a tightly-contested semi-final encounter with England on Wednesday night. However, we showed again that we are not exhausted, we dominated the game physically, mentally, in all aspects.

Winger Ivan Perisic levelled scores on the 67th minute after a great cross from defender Sime Vrsaljko.

"We got some control back in extra time and showed some more composure".

'There will in time be lots of positives to take but it's too hard and too soon to put that in context.

Mario Mandzukic grabbed the 109th-minute victor, and Barcelona star Rakitic admitted he would have done anything to play in the game. Two minutes later and it was Rebic again in the action but he just failed to connect to a cross from Perisic on the left. With England unable to clear the ball away from its goal, Perisic went airborne and flicked a backwards header toward his suddenly open teammate, forward Mario Mandzukic. We're the guys that are running on the pitch but he's the backbone of this team. It's been a fantastic journey.

Cheeky stuff from The Metro, who chose to lead with a hard-hitting image of the moment four England players knew the World Cup dream was over.

World Cup Daily: Croatia's dream goes on while England wake up.

Croatia, on the other hand, still has work to do in this tournament.

For Croatia, it's on the brink of arguably the most shocking World Cup title run in modern history.

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