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France final special for Croatia's Perisic

12 July 2018

"We have never won the World Cup so we can't say the same thing, can we?" he concluded.

After a tense match that headed into extra time with a score of 1-1, Team Croatia emerged victorious with a tie-breaking goal in the second half of overtime, finishing the game at 2-1.

"We will go into this final to win it, as we have still not got over the 2016 final".

"We've played our hearts out throughout the tournament. I am very happy for my players, we showed character and the right mentality".

Some soccer fans in Winnipeg were left in tears on Wednesday - tears of joy for fans of Croatia's team, while England fans wept for a missed opportunity to see their team in the World Cup final.

France will have had 24 hours longer to prepare for the game after edging out Belgium 1-0 in 90 minutes in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.

"I was just changing my lens as the players ran towards me", said photographer Yuri Cortez, who was positioned next to the pitchside advertising boards.

May received the number 10 jersey of Croatia captain Luka Modric.

Eric Dier has warned England will face one of the best players in the world tonight.

He said: "That doesn't happen too often - the only time that it happened in Belgian football was in 1986 and we finished fourth, so we need to understand that this is an important game".

"It's tough, we're gutted", he said.

England's young side was one of the surprises of the tournament as a semi-final appearance far exceeded any expectations that fans had for this team heading into the tournament.

"We played better than we did against Argentina".

"You don't get success in football and good weather in England", said Nikki Langley-Essen, 38, a London events manager enjoying the novelty of both.

The Hyde Park screening was the largest of its kind for an England game since 1996, when the country hosted the European Championship and the team made the semi-finals.

They matched the feat of their predecessors in 1998 who reached the semi-finals in the country's first World Cup as an independent nation. That is a great source of pride for us.

France final special for Croatia's Perisic