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Gary Neville hails England for exceeding expectations despite World Cup heartbreak

12 July 2018

Modric will feature in a midfield that consists of the likes of Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, while Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Mateo Kovacic and Dejan Lovren are just some of the names in a Croatian team expected to be England's toughest test yet. "Now I want to go and see what's going on in Russian Federation", said one fan, Michael Roberts, 27, as he waited for his flight.

"A lot of surprises at the World Cup, with Germany, Argentina, they are out of the competition, but also surprised by England, how they play, their style, how they play different to the past", he said.

After Croatia stunned England in the second World Cup semifinal on Wednesday, we finally have the matchup that'll determine it all in 2018: France will face off against Croatia on Sunday.

Two teams remain in one of the biggest tournaments in the world.

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"Whether we win or lose, we're creating history", he said.

England's unexpected journey in Russian Federation came to an end in the semi-finals as Mario Mandzukic sealed a 2-1 victory in extra-time to break English hearts in Moscow. "Many of these players have come of age and I couldn't be prouder of them".

"We've always watched the England games in Penticton, and we got thrown out of a pub a couple of years ago for singing too much".

Jose Mourinho insists England have reason to be optimistic despite falling agonisingly short of the World Cup final.

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HNS also said that Vukojevic and Vida apologised for their statements, saying they were not meant to be political messages but "unfortunately left room for such interpretations".

Katich said the World Cup had brought an already-close Croatian community even closer together.

"When you get to this stage of the competition, the margins are fine. they've taken two of their (chances) and we weren't able to respond".

Most England fans were gracious in defeat, with one fan saying "Croatia was the better team" on the way out.

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In-fact, 72% of England's goals have come from set-pieces. "If we win I really want to be there, but I just can't afford the prices being quoted". To simply bet on which team wins, France is -210 and Croatia is +175.

Gary Neville hails England for exceeding expectations despite World Cup heartbreak