See how fans celebrated Croatia's World Cup semifinal win in Zagreb

See how fans celebrated Croatia's World Cup semifinal win in Zagreb

Fans across England have hailed Gareth Southgate and his players for a stirring World Cup journey, after their heartbreaking semi-final defeat.

In capital Zagreb, more than 10,000 people gathered in the central square to watch the match despite rain.

Despite not making the final, England have one more game to play at the World Cup when they face-off against Belgium on Sunday morning (AEST) in the third place play-off. Prior to 2018, Croatia's best finish in the tournament was third in 1998, when Golden Boot victor Davor Šuker led Croatia past The Netherlands in the third-place match.

"We were louder, they were carrying us, they picked us up when we were not in control of the game", Dalic said of the supporters.

Kieran Trippier got England off to a dream start but they were ultimately pegged back and beaten in extra-time.

Her spokeswoman said: "We would certainly like to host a reception for the England football team, who did so well in Russian Federation, and that is something that we are going to talk to the FA about".

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Some may see this as a negative, but England's set-piece prowess is only a good thing, as they look a threat at every corner and free-kick that they get.

"It was a tough game, a 50-50 game, I'm sure we'll look back at stuff we could have done better but we worked as hard as we could". But we WILL win a World Cup with this team and Coach! "I don't think so".

They had only previously been in the World Cup semi-finals in 1966, when they won the title on home soil, and 1990 so Southgate said he was trying to balance his pride in his young team with remembering how rare such chances are.

These are among the most popular words used to describe teams in this summer's tournament, according to research by Cambridge University Press.

"Some players played with minor injuries with which they would not have played some other games".

Croatia's World Cup final opponents, France, are associated with the words "formidable" and "dramatic" as well as "lucky".

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