Croatia's Road To Final

Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic

Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic

On Wednesday, after England lost the World Cup semi-final game to Croatia, fans, players, and team manager Gareth Southgate were completely heartbroken.

"We want to be in semi-finals and finals and we've shown to ourselves that that can happen".

England and Belgium will play the third place play-off on Saturday, while the final of the world's top sporting competition will take place on Sunday in Moscow.

'In the end Croatia were a little bit too good and had a little bit too much in the tank, but we can't be critical of what they've done, they were absolutely superb'. "I wanted to substitute but no one wanted to be subbed, everybody kept saying "I'm ready, I can run on", he said.

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Croatia's success in the tournament seems to have boosted interest in the country, proud of its more than 1,000 islands and islets.

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Others would have haggled with touts and individual sellers to try and get hold of the most sought-after ticket in town.

Independence came at an opportune moment for Croatian football; in 1987, Yugoslavia won the FIFA World Youth Championship (which is now the U-20 World Cup).

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Every World Cup winning team throughout history has had to have a great amount of character.

Tense moments followed for the 12th man as Croatia tried to pile the pressure on and fans had their hearts in their mouths when the score was only kept level by some desperate England defending. "I don't think realistically we expected to be here".

With a team featuring Davor Suker, Zvonimir Boban and Robert Prosinecki wearing blue shirts with a distinctive red and white chequerboard pattern, they beat World Cup giants Germany 3-0 in the quarter-final in France, sparking delirium at home. I'm not ready yet to talk about the condition of the players.

Another under-17 World Cup victor in India past year, Sancho took the fearless decision to turn his back on Manchester City and Guardiola last summer and, aged 17, moved to Dortmund in search of first-team football.

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