France train in all seriousness for Croatia tie

England manager Gareth Southgate conducts the fans after his side's win over Sweden

But they couldn't score, meaning Croatia won 2-1 to take them into Sunday's final against France.

Gareth Southgate has already put himself through a 4am rerun of England's World Cup defeat by Croatia as he begins to plan for Euro 2020, when football really will come home to Wembley.

Mrs May was unable to watch the game against Croatia, which saw England crash out of the competition, due to a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit but insisted everyone should be proud of what England achieved.

"It would be nice to see it now", one England fan said.

"I must say the support we've had from home and the feeling of support is enormous".

Pickford, who said he wants to be selected in order to have a chance at winning the Golden Glove, is adamant that England still have every incentive to play as hard as they can for the win against Belgium.

20 - Croatia's position in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings, the lowest-ranked nation ever to reach a World Cup final. "This group will be stronger in two years' time, due to their age and because of the big-match experiences which we've now been through".

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Russian Federation qualified automatically for the World Cup finals as the host country and entered the tournament as the lowest-ranked team.

Elements of the English media had talked up how exhausted Croatia might be coming into the game after being taken to extra time and penalties in each of the previous two rounds.

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According to FIFA: 'If, after 90 minutes, the fi nal or the play-off for third place ends in a draw, extra time of two periods of 15 minutes each will be played.

"We were 20 minutes from a World Cup final and then in extra-time about 10 minutes from penalties to get into the final". The reason for us being here was to achieve that big goal.

But it was much the same with the French team too, he added. "We are a very strong team, we can play anyone and try to be successful", former Croatia coach Ante Cacic said after the win. We've raised expectation because we've also raised belief. He never represented his country at worldwide level during a modest career as a defensive midfielder. But we have high motivation to perform and finish with a medal at a World Cup, which only one English team have ever done. "If we win, we can look back on it with a lot of pleasure, and that is what it is all about". If we were to hold a tournament in ping pong all of us would be rooting for that single player.

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