"Don't Look Back In Anger" - England fans' emotional praise following Croatia defeat

Video AP England head coach Gareth Southgate

Croatia have reached their first ever ever major tournament final after beating England in tonight's World Cup semi-final.

Captain Harry Kane was arguably the worst culprit, missing a gilt-edged chance late in the half.

Although Walker said there was a feeling it was "written in the stars for you to go to the final and hopefully do something special" when Kieran Trippier scored a terrific free-kick after five minutes against Croatia, he acknowledged that their opponents were a totally different proposition in the second half and wished them well in the final.

England players collapsed on the pitch, distraught as the Croatians and their fans celebrated wildly, .

Croatia now have the chance to win their first World Cup final when they face France in the final at 3am on Monday, NZ Time.

Winger Ivan Perisic levelled scores on the 67th minute after a great cross from defender Sime Vrsaljko.

However, Ivan Perisic's excellent finish with just over 20 minutes remaining forced the game to extra-time. "We dominated the game physically, mentally, in all aspects".

"It hurts, it hurts a lot". They scored an hour in, and finally netted the winning second goal in extra time. Two minutes later and it was Rebic again in the action but he just failed to connect to a cross from Perisic on the left.

"They'll be the best team we've played in terms of what they're capable of doing with the ball, and what their individuals are capable of, definitely", he said (via Sky Sports).

England boss Gareth Southgate - on the day that was dubbed Waistcoat Wednesday in his honour back home - named an unchanged side to face Croatia, while Zlatko Dalić surprisingly made just one change from the side that beat Russian Federation on penalties in the quarter-final, bringing in midfield Marcelo Brozović for striker Andrej Kramarić. It's been a fantastic journey.

The Three Lions can be proud of their performance at this summer's World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

Cars and vans drove through the streets with Croatian flags stretched tightly across their bonnets, honking their horns at each other as workers clocked out for the day early and headed home to watch the game. Croatia will be coming off its third straight extra-time match and is the first team in 28 years to come from behind to win a World Cup semifinal.

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