England's World Cup team to be honoured by Theresa May at reception

England manager Gareth Southgate conducts the fans after his side's win over Sweden

Jubilant Croatian fans honked their auto horns and let off fireworks after their national football team beat England 2-1 in extra time Wednesday to clinch a place in the World Cup finals against France. The photographs of the emotional moment are just so damn pure - like something straight out of Friday Night Lights.

The third-place match was dropped from the European championship by UEFA following the 1980 tournament but has remained part of the World Cup calendar despite complaints.

Croatia needed extra time and penalties to overcome Denmark and Russian Federation before outlasting England in another marathon knockout-stage match.

However, the biggest concern looking ahead to Sunday's game is bound to be fatigue, with Croatia having required extra-time for a third consecutive match, meaning they have played the equivalent of one match more than France. "Anyone who can get into Manchester City's team - that's a hell of a team - is doing well", Aidy Boothroyd, the England Under-21 coach, said.

Towering defender Harry Maguire has risen to cult hero status at the World Cup and he has had an army of family and pals following him around during the tournament.

Could Croatia pull off an unlikely upset in the final?

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Numerous photos show the players embracing Southgate.

If they had beaten Croatia, England would have reached only their second World Cup final.

"I was in Nice to watch us lose too Iceland, I was in Kiev to lose against Italy".

Against England, they became the first team in World Cup history to win a semifinal without the benefit of spot kicks in a game they initially trailed.

Pitana, who has been an global referee since 2010, is one of South America's most experienced referees and also has a playing experience at youth level.

Croatia looked vulnerable from set-pieces against Russian Federation, conceding the equaliser in extra-time via a set-play, so this is an area England can exploit. I don't realistically think any of us did. "This has been the topic of discussion for the past 20 years", Dalic said.

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