Dejan Lovren makes SHOCK revelation after Croatia beat England

  • Dejan Lovren makes SHOCK revelation after Croatia beat England

Dejan Lovren makes SHOCK revelation after Croatia beat England

And Dalic says their story has yet to end.

The draw at 90 minutes led to a heated extra time period with during which England's Dele Alli and Croatia's Ivan Rakitic almost came to blows.

"We had a little less composure with the ball in the second half, and maybe that was a outcome of being ahead with the least experienced team in the finals, with an opportunity to get to a World Cup final". I'd be amazed if he doesn't come out and something emerges about his fitness. We have shown character.

"I think they went wrong by trying to sit on the 1-0 win in the first half, they got way too comfortable and it made it harder to fight their way out".

He added: "France are top-drawer".

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the final set to be played at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. I thought it would be 2-1 to Croatia.

The country came to a standstill during Wednesday evening's semi-final as the Three Lions lined-up against Croatia looking to keep the dream of bringing football home alive.

Dalic didn't make Croatia's first change until the 95th minute, when he replaced Ivan Strinic with Josip Pivaric. I think England have got a really strong team this year, they are all so young and when you're young, you just go for it and don't worry.

"We blew our chances", 17-year-old Josh Ogunde said after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near Trafalgar Square in central London as the disappointed crowds streamed home.

"But we are going to discuss France tomorrow".

Dalic thanked Croatia's fans and players for their efforts in securing this historic win, setting up Sunday's encounter with France - the team that knocked them out of their previous World Cup semi-final in 1998.

David Baddiel, part of the Three Lions anthem that found new life during the tournament, thanked the team for a "beautiful World Cup run". Some players played with minor injuries today - ones that would rule them out of other games.

Kieran Trippier, or the "Bury Beckham" as he has been christened on social media, has always had a taste for the big occasion, an ability to elevate his level when the pressure is highest.

England can take much from these momentous last few weeks in Russian Federation, where bonds have been forged behind the gates of their base in Repino, and Southgate's squad have won many admirers with their modest and down-to-earth approach.