Croatia World Cup final invokes memories of infamous dive in 1998

Gareth Southgate Paul Gascoigne England

The Croatian Football Federation set the ball rolling when it took to its verified Twitter handle to celebrate the players that made the 2-1 victory over England possible, as the team glides to World Cup final, to play France on Sunday.

Croatian Football Federation president Davor Suker has told ESPN he believes midfielder Luka Modric should win the Ballon d'Or as Croatia prepare for their World Cup semifinal against England on Wednesday.

Richard Conway, a sports correspondent with the BBC, has today reported that Federation Internationale de Football Association have opened "disciplinary proceedings over "possible discriminatory" chants by England fans" during yesterday's semi-final win.

It has played France five times, losing three games and drawing two.

"We have to be pragmatic and we have to be realistic", French manager Didier Deschamps said ahead of England vs. Croatia, according to ESPN. There are two teams in the final, a Cup and there are 90 minutes more.

He added: "The high levels of demand continued until around 4.30am before returning to levels that we would normally have expected to see". In extra time nobody wanted to be subbed.

"We prepared to get to the final and we want to play it".

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"We showed character and mentality, it was very hard for us tonight".

"Maybe the dear Lord is giving us an opportunity to settle a score", he said.

We've watched every game, rated every player and constructed a top 10 or 20 for each spot and crowned the kings of each. "We played today better than against Argentina".

The third-place fixture is generally a forgotten and obsolete event, as neither team would be keen on playing in it - they would much rather be in the final, and go home as "losers" of the tournament regardless.

"We are going to play England in the League of Nations (in October) and we don´t have a proper stadium to play that game".

Croatia needed spot kicks to advance against Denmark in the last 16 and against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals. "But we have our hearts, our pride and our players and that is what is really important to us".

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