Has Croatia ever won the World Cup?

Manager Gareth Southgate of England and wife Alison hug it out after World Cup loss

Manager Gareth Southgate of England and wife Alison hug it out after World Cup

France and Croatia are due to go head-to-head in Moscow on Sunday afternoon in the 2018 World Cup final.

Wednesday saw the ninth time a World Cup semifinal needed 30 more minutes to be decided, with 5 of them needing penalties to find a victor.

It was England's first World Cup semi-final since 1990 and Gareth Southgate suggested his players "came of age" despite losing to Croatia.

Does he go with sentiment and let Danny Welbeck have a start, Nick Pope or Jack Butland in goal. or does he set the standard and make it clear that you have to earn your place in the England starting XI?

"A couple of weeks ago, I would have taken this result", said one man in a red England shirt who declined to give his name. "We deserved to be in that final after such an unbelievable effort", Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic said.

"This was a wonderful opportunity and you can't guarantee they'll come again, but equally we want to be a team who hit quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals".

Manager Gareth Southgate of England with his wife Alison
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In light of the heartbreak, Prince William took to Twitter to commend the England team, writing: "I know how disappointed England must feel right now but I couldn't be more proud of this team and you should hold your heads high".

Scotland's political leaders have maintained a jocular tone during England's progression to the semi-finals in Russian Federation. Obviously, we've got to be prepared for them. It's another game coming up and that is how we have got to see it. Look at the other teams they'll be up against. "We've got to concentrate on ourselves and that is what we will be doing going into the game".

One wonders just what Croatia will have left against the French after running themselves into the ground for the third match in a row?

The widespread optimism is a far cry from the reaction England received following their Euro 2016 exit, when the team and then manager Roy Hodgson were criticised heavily for their underwhelming performance in the competition.

"We're here to improve every time we play", he continued".

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