Kane 'gutted' as England's World Cup dream dies

Ante Rebic- The 24-year-old is a nuisance down the right and got on the scoresheet in Croatia’s 3-0 thrashing of Argentina

GETTY Ante Rebic- The 24-year-old is a nuisance down the right and got on the scoresheet in Cro

But if anything, the grueling lead-up to the clash against England solidified Croatia's mental toughness, which served the Croats well on Wednesday. "But when we pressed them it turned out that they haven't".

"There will in time be a lot of positives to take", he added.

"We created some good chances when we were 1-0 up, maybe we dropped a little too deep but we didn't get enough pressure on the ball".

For Croatia, it's on the brink of arguably the most shocking World Cup title run in modern history. "There's a big pat on the back for us and we've still got a very important job come Saturday to go and beat the Belgians and kind of get the bragging rights over them because they got one over us in the group stage".

"It hurts. I don't know what else to say".

Croatia will be coming off its third straight extra-time match.

However, they have taken a gruelling route to the final and the French will be warm favourites.

Perisic went extremely close to giving Croatia the lead a few minutes later but his curling shot struck the bottom of the far post and was cleared by England, who were now hanging on.

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England started the game on the front foot but they couldn't have dreamed for a better start than the one Kieran Trippier gave them inside five minutes. Midfielder Perisic was outstanding in the second half and caused England no end of problems.

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As well as scoring, Perisic also hit the post for the second straight game and set up Mandzukic's victor, heading a poor clearance toward the Juventus striker to score. "It's just unbelievable to get back in the game in this way.

They underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake".

Croatia started the find their range as the second half wore on and Perisic levelled for Croatia in the 68th minute, nipping ahead of Kyle Walker to steer home Sime Vrsaljko's cross past a diving Jordan Pickford.

Croatia, whose previous best World Cup performance was a third-place finish in 1998, face France in Moscow on Sunday. They now have the chance to avenge that loss and become the ninth nation to win a World Cup final.

Having gone into extra time and penalties in their previous two games ahead of Wednesday's semi-final, Modric said there was an assumption that the Croatian team would be exhausted, giving England the advantage.

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