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Vrsaljko hoping to be fit for World Cup semi-final

Vrsaljko hoping to be fit for World Cup semi-final

England, meanwhile, "blew our chances", said 17-year-old Josh Ogunde after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near Trafalgar Square in central London as the disappointed crowds streamed home.

"Nobody wanted to give in when I was preparing the first eleven, nobody wanted to say I was not ready in extra time, no one wanted to be subbed and this shows character and what makes me proud".

The most-cherished national team memory remains the 1966 World Cup final victory at Wembley over West Germany, a demarcation point in the island's history as much as 1066 (the Norman invasion) and 1707 (union with Scotland). It will be a really hard task to assess everybody over the next 24 hours and get them mentally back to where we want them to be for a game like that, but that will be the challenge.

In a World Cup replete with set-piece goals, a corner again proved decisive when Umtiti timed his run perfectly to meet Antoine Griezmann's delivery six minutes into the second half.

And as Croatia dramatically won the game in extra time the city went mad.

With such a modest population, they are the smallest country to get to a World Cup final since Uruguay back in 1950.

Croatia are in the last four of the World Cup for the first time since 1998 and Vrsaljko says his team's run can not be compared to the Europa League success he enjoyed with Atletico Madrid last term.

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Then Mandzukic scored, giving Croatia the lead for the first time in the match, and there was no way back for England.

The song was reworked multiple times for subsequent tournaments that England participated in but it wasn't until 2018 when the song took on a life of its own. We should have finished them off in the first half.

"But, certainly, I'm hugely proud of what they've done".

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It will be Croatia against heavily-favoured France in Sunday's final. The match kicks off at 7pm BST, by which time the country's roads are likely to be more or less deserted.

Although it is not the result the nation hoped for, there will be another chance to watch the squad perform against Belgium for the third place play-off on Saturday.

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