Gareth Southgate: England will play Belgium with 'huge pride'

Gareth Southgate: England will play Belgium with 'huge pride'

In what is starting to look like the beginning of a tradition, the children of Croatian players found their way onto Luzhniki Stadium amid the celebration of Hrvatska's 2-1 extra time win over England.

Kane tops the scorers' charts with six goals, two clear of Romelu Lukaku going into their teams' second meeting at the tournament, and three from France's Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann, who will compete in the final. Then they suddenly realised that I was underneath them. Maybe England and the English media didn't do that this time. We will have some extra motivation because of that, for sure.

"We need to regroup and recover and see the opportunity".

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.

Ecstatic Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is confident tiredness will not be an issue for his side despite once again coming through extra time to beat England on Wednesday after the same extended show against Denmark and host Russian Federation. The players accepted the criticism they received, they took it on board and improved.

Croatian players celebrate after their team advanced to the final.

"We are a very tight-knitted community and soccer brings people together", he said. We started a bit too casually, and England deserved to score.

The fact remains, though, that on Sunday they will play the biggest match of their lives against a France side bursting with youth and vigour that has had a day more rest and played the equivalent of a match fewer over the knockout rounds. It's extremely tough on my players.

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"We are better than England".

'We showed that we deserved to be in the final and people should respect us.

"The Croats had a very hard match and they were behind".

"I know everything about Croatia, I have lived the country intensely in all my life, since its history on all the sports of the country".

"But I've said all along we're not ideal, we're not the finished article".

'We have not got the infrastructure but we have god-given talent and pride.

'My players have played Champions League football and are champions in their countries.

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