Scenes of euphoria break out in Zagreb after Croatia beat England

Lovren Presser

Lovren Presser

Indeed, after getting to the tournament's final four, after reversing a disgusting penalty shootout history, in its round-of-16 win over Colombia, there's a sense of optimism in England about this young, talented and appealing team.

Croatia equalised in the 68th minute, thanks to a goal by Ivan Perisic who profited on some weak defensive work by England, who looked below-par in the second half.

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The players meet again on Wednesday when Croatia and England clash and, with a place in the World Cup final at stake, there is no better time and chance for Lovren to finally redeem himself. Luka Modric, who looked exhausted for much of the game, still ended up as the conductor for Croatia.

"I can't ask any more", England manager Gareth Southgate said of his team.

At the other end, Perisic had a shot on target blocked by Kyle Walker but it two minutes later there was no stopping Perisic as he volleyed volleyd home a cross from Vrsaljko on the right. But Kane said the team could "hold our heads held high" as they "went further than anybody thought".

His extra-time cross for Mandzukic also created havoc for England, with the delivery nearly creating a goal.

Stones for England came close in the first period when his header from a corner was headed off the line from Vrsaljko but Mandzukic would have the chance of the first period but Pickford brilliantly saved from close-range after the Juventus striker met Perisic's cross.

Croatia will take on France in the final on Sunday.

England's Marcus Rashford covers his face after losing the semi final. Kane is also three goals ahead of France pair Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann, who will both feature in the World Cup final against Croatia, on Sunday.

Jesse Lingard brilliantly found Dele Alli on the edge of the box, and when the Spurs man was fouled it presented a ideal opportunity for either Trippier or Ashley Young to take an early pot at goal.

"We probably needed that second goal earlier in the game".

Kieran Trippier fired England into a fifth-minute lead but Ivan Perisic forced extra-time, where Mario Mandzukic won the match for Croatia. The injuries started to pile up, legs looked gassed and the opportunity to seal it became reality for Mandzukic, who sneaked behind the back of England defender John Stones to score the victor.

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