Croatia v England watched by 1m in Wales

Scott Carson looks stunned after his early error

Mario Mandzukic put Croatia ahead after scoring in Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, giving the Balkan nation its first ever place in the finals in history, a result that surprised even some fans.

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute of the semi-final, slotting in from Ivan Perisic's flick-on into the area. But we've learned from all of the things over the last couple of years and that's a cruel lesson.

Though England will return to the country without the World Cup trophy, Kane could bring home an individual award as the tournament's top scorer. What a way to open his goalscoring account for England. Walker attempted to clear diving header but Perisic jumped and from behind raised his left boot over Walker's head to poke the ball past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from about 8 yards.

They lost a semi-final to eventual winners Spain in 2010, but bounced back to become world champions in Brazil four years later.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has echoed the claims made by Dejan Lovren and Luka Modric that his side had "extra motivation" to beat England on Wednesday because of disrespect from the English media. In extra-time nobody wanted to be substituted.

"If I was in charge of the FA there would be no doubt that I would keep Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland in their jobs and give them the chance to take the team to the next Euros and the next World Cup". England are happy so sit back and defend.

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Survival was the key component for success and those that were able to avoid the many melees had a shot to win as Jones proved. I'll take the credit for my team, and we'll go to Talladega, and we'll wreck everybody that throws a bad block like that".

Shortly after Ivan Perisic's equaliser and with England firmly on the back foot, Gareth Southgate looked to freshen things up by withdrawing Sterling and sending in Marcus Rashford in the hope that the 20-year-old could expose Lovren and Vida's exhausted legs.

England looked at their best and most threatening when Sterling was zipping around up front, yet they struggled to get him involved in the second half as Croatia's all-star midfield belatedly took control of proceedings.

In the end, the Croats did more to win.

While there had previously been much scepticism regarding the England team, there was widespread support for Southgate's side, with the nation captivated by their progression in the tournament. Dead-ball situations once again played their part but were not the deciding factor for England and ultimately the "Love Train", as Glenn Hoddle has labelled it, was derailed. Note that England scored 9 of their 12 goals from set-pieces.

Neither team came to Russian Federation being heralded as favourites but they have produced performances throughout the competition which have shown they were underestimated by the pundits.

He said: 'I don't think people fully understood the players (previously).

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