Croatia out to make history in mouth-watering final showdown against France

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A man who worked for the England football team was given an individual handwritten letter by Gareth Southgate before the World Cup.

- Before losing 1-0 to Belgium at this year's World Cup, England had lost just one of the teams' previous 21 meetings (W15 D5).

Jim said: 'When we arrived in Repino a month ago, this was on my bed. "Everybody has come. It's the best feeling in a long time".

As Croatia now face France on Sunday to decide who is crowned world champion, England will have a second go at Belgium for the third-place play-offs this Saturday.

"In the first half, give them credit they did play relatively well, in the second half bottle jobs".

Croatia fans celebrate at the end of the semifinal match between Croatia and England, in Zagreb. "Everyone is born with it, we have good players, and I believe they will bring the cup home, but we'll see on Monday morning at 3 o'clock".

Skipper Harry Kane backed up Southgate's determination to ensure their march to the semis is not a one-off.

Loud cheers rang out after each goal, fans waved the red, white and blue national flag, and after the final whistle Croatian TV showed wild celebrations breaking out in towns and cities.

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"Tonight was a wonderful opportunity for us and you can't guarantee that those opportunities will come again", he added.

"We're in a great place", he said.

"To become a winning team there are hurdles you have to overcame - and we've surpassed many of them".

"It has been an awesome experience for all of us involved. We have to play as if this were the first game in this tournament".

"We've proved to ourselves that is possible and we've proved to our country that is possible".

"We have two days to prepare".

"I was there in France, in the Iceland game, and it was completely different to that", he said.

Another said: "I KNEW REBIC GOT BOOKED TWICE I WANT A REMATCH RIGHT NOW!" "I can finish my England career knowing that I have played every possible game I can play in the times I have been selected".

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