"That enabled Croatia to dominate that midfield area and get their full-backs into play, they were creating 2-v-1s in wide areas".
Against Uruguay, they hardly suffered and only Belgium really gave them a stiff test. Nobody should be surprised if they do that one more time on Sunday to collect their first major global trophy. "I can't ask more of him as a captain or as a man over the last three weeks". "That's the aim, in two years' time in the Euros to go again and win big tournaments", said the Tottenham Hotspur striker. Croatia now have the chance to take revenge on France after losing 2-1 in Paris when the sides met in the semi-finals back in 1998 - team's current coach Dalic travelled to that World Cup as a fan.
"We can be proud and happy. we don't want to stop here", Croatia's star player Luka Modric told HRT.
Despite taking the lead early in the first half on Wednesday, England suffered the familiar story of World Cup heartbreak as Croatia equalised in the second half and then claimed the victor in the second period of extra time.
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They worked in '98 and we worked today, we reached out target to get to the final, I'm very satisfied". I expect the teams to be evenly matched, giving viewers an exciting semi-final.
Are you happy with England's World Cup campaign?
He said: 'I was born for Italia 90 but I was only just seven and cannot remember watching the game but I can imagine that I would of sat and watched it with my Dad that's for sure.
"In the future for sure with this manager, with these players, the team is only going to progress and I'm sure we can go far in the next tournaments".
"Semi-finals, they've done what they had to do, they took us to the semi-finals".
Croatia, a country of about 4 million people, came to a standstill as fans watched the game on screens in squares and cafes.
Southgate's team of 23 has been revolutionary in the sense, that unlike the gold superstars of the past, this team is tied on a bond of brotherhood and the spectacle which they have presented in Russian Federation will make it easier for the next generation to follow them.