Celebrities say England team did country proud after semi-final defeat

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"Maybe (that was) a outcome of being ahead and being the least experienced team in the tournament with the chance to get to a World Cup final", he added.

Vukojevic, a former Croatia global, published the video on social media after the match on Saturday in a move which was criticised by Russian politicians.

However, the biggest concern looking ahead to Sunday's game is bound to be fatigue, with Croatia having also required extra time and penalties to come through ties against Denmark and hosts Russian Federation in the past two weeks.

About a dozen England fans passing through Heathrow wore dark blue waistcoats over their T-shirts in tribute to Southgate who has taken to wearing a waistcoat on the touch-line along with suit pants and a dress shirt and tie.

England, ranked number 12 in the FIFA World Rankings, has odds of 11-4 to win the World Cup.

"My biggest question before the tournament was about who was going to be the goalkeeper and whether they would be good enough. Until last night, when all the pain was removed and when we finally experienced a revival of 1998", the Sportski Novosti newspaper said after that match.

He said: "I think Croatia have a better side".

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While England's top football players were on the pitch, its top golfers were sitting at home watching the game unfold.

One matchup England will look to exploit involves Dejan Lovren, as he will have to go up against Harry Kane, who is now in line to win the Golden Boot at this summer's World Cup.

The Three Lions' journey to the penultimate stage of the tournament has seen victories over Panama and Tunisia in Group G, as well as wins over Colombia and Sweden in the knockout stages.

David Baddiel said England had given the country "a handsome World Cup run" after they were knocked out of the tournament. I couldn't have asked for any more. He said: "I'm gutted".

"Every time we wear the shirt we want to play well and win".

"We're estimating eight to 10,000 - it's really hard to tell because when people take direct routes it's obviously easy to count them but people might come by diverse routes, there are quite a lot of expats here and other fans staying out".

Without hesitation and without even glancing back at the screen they race over to their protective gear and get it on within seconds of the bell ringing. They have some top-quality players, which showed in the second half.

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