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Soccer Football - World Cup - Semi-Final - Croatia v England - Zagreb, Croatia - July 11, 2018.

Youth development: Croatian players' children took to the field after their semi-final win.

"We had hoped [for this] and we believed in our team, but the feeling when we finally entered the finals can not be compared to anything", said Croatia fan Ivan Kecerin. We've had success at youth level. what we've done over the last few weeks has shown people what is possible, and we've got to use it as a springboard to consistently reach the latter stages of tournaments.

Kieran Tripper gave England the lead in the fourth minute before Ivan Perišić equalised on 68 minutes, which took the game into extra-time.

At this year's World Cup, teams can pay a heavy price for not getting a second goal to reward itself for a dominating period of play.

"I'm anxious, but I've got my fingers crossed", said 27-year-old Charlie Conroy as the clock ticked away.

Novak Djokovic is Serbia´s best-known sportsman and an idol in his country, but when the 12-time Grand Slam victor voiced support for the Croatia World Cup team, he was condemned by Vladimir Djukanovic, a lawmaker from the ruling Serbian Progressive Party.

Under an excellent manager in Gareth Southgate we have produced a group of young players who are good enough to satisfy the country's quite reasonable desire for progress - proof we are getting better.

The mental resilience necessary to come through such tests was the result of the emphasis on playing as a team, Dalic said, and indicated a wider trend at a World Cup where the likes of Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi all went home early. That team also exceeded expectations and won the adulation of fans at home with a beloved center forward who played for Tottenham. "One, the lack of flexibility to the Croatian tactics, two, the changes Gareth made and three - and it was the most disappointing thing - how many times they hoofed the ball up the field".

Much of the talk was about whether finishing first or second in Group G would open up easier games.

"I am not sure if I will watch it to be honest", he said.

Football fans in Reading had a traumatic evening as they went through all the emotions as England crashed out of the World Cup. "We will see who wins, though it makes no difference to me".

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