Projected World Cup final lineups

England's Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane

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Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and his ministers held a session on Thursday dressed in red-and-white football jerseys to mark their country's win over England that sets up a World Cup final against France. English coaches don't get the top jobs in England.

As Mario Mandžukić took advantage of a lapse in concentration from England's defence and buried the winning goal for Croatia in extra time, hearts were crushed and dreams were shattered. We were 20 minutes from a World Cup Final.

Southgate's team made a fine start to their quest to become the first England side to reach the final in 52 years but faded in the second half before going down 2-1 to the Croatians after extra time at the Luzhniki Stadium.

As expected, tonight's match proved to be an entertaining one for the neutrals and a stressful experience for English supporters, who have always been claiming that this is the year it finally comes home again.

Croatia are hardly a team of no names, however, a fact that Dalic was quick to point out when asked if England had disrespected his team with their confidence before the semi-final.

England had only ever played there once (a 2-1 defeat to Russian Federation back in 2007), and it seems like the curse / losing streak is destined to continue for the time being.

Kieran Trippier is fit to play for England in the World Cup third-place game against Belgium after training with the rest of the squad on Friday.

"I am feeling 100 per cent that we will win that is my hope", said Walter Brasic.

In 1990, three years before Kane was born, England also fell short at the semifinal stage with a team that exceeded expectations and won the adulation of fans at home with a beloved center forward.

Speaking on BeIN Sports in the immediate aftermath of the match, Souness said: "I want to emphasise the midfield".

"It goes to show we're deserved finalists, we want to show the world we play as one and we'll leave everything on the pitch".

"It's been good, but I think I want to get home to see my girls Jessie, 10, and Molly, 13, now".

On Saturday, they will take on a side they lost to in the group stages albeit both teams played their second teams.

"No chance. I will play on one leg if I have to", Rakitic said as 24sata writes.

"We worked so hard".

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