England vs. Croatia final score, recap

'Croatia are the best team we have faced yet' – Southgate on England's semi-final opponents

Would shutting Kane and England out see Dejan Lovren finally earn everyone's trust?

The Croatia World Cup squad was understandably elated after Mario Mandzukic blasted in a goal deep into extra time, giving Croatia a 2-1 lead over England that put it in position to advance to Sunday's World Cup final.

Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute to give the Croats a 2-1 victory over England on Wednesday.

20 years since France ended their dreams in Paris, Croatia will have a chance for revenge against Les Blues after they booked a place in the World Cup final by out knocking England in a griping semi-final at the Luzhniki Stadium.

"We are not putting more pressure on ourselves with what happened in 1998", said midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

Croatia had been desperately poor, a shadow of the team who carved Argentina apart in the group stage, but started to get a foothold in the game as the match rolled past the hour mark and Luka Modric's influence grew.

Their exit from the World Cup was no less devastating than usual but this time, it just seems different.

Trippier struck the ball with his right foot and it rose above leaping Dejan Lovren and Mandzukic to the left of the desperate dive of goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, who turned his head and watched the ball land in the upper corner.

Croatia has advanced to its first-ever World Cup final in men's soccer.

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England starting XI - Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli, Ashley Young; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane.

"We were good. We controlled the game, but there's always tension with us, we always concede this early goal and have shocks", Vrsaljko said.

Croatia dumped England out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinal on Wednesday and mercilessly trolled the English after the win. The Sun printed an image of a dejected Southgate with his teammates, along with the caption, "They're coming home..."

"It´s impossible to say anything to make the players feel better at this moment in time", he said.

"We should be proud and hold our heads up high because we've come a long way from two years ago".

Asked what the biggest thing he would take from this World Cup would be, Walker replied: "I think for me it's proving people wrong".

"But when you´ve got to this point, and we´ve played as well as we have, you want to take those opportunities in life". The team is filled with stars from top to bottom, and the teamwork and determination has set this team apart from the rest.

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