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

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Given Croatia had extra time and penalties to recover from, England should come into the game fresher and they also have the edge in previous meetings, winning four of the seven encounters, including a 5-1 victory in their most recent match - a World Cup qualifier in 2009.

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic scores their second goal in their 2-1 win in their semifinal against England.

The win sent tens of thousands of French people pouring onto the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris in scenes of joy last seen when France won the World Cup two decades ago. The injuries started to pile up, legs looked gassed and the opportunity to seal it became reality for Mandzukic, who sneaked behind the back of England defender John Stones to score the victor.

Croatia will face France in the World Cup final on Sunday.

Captain Harry Kane, who leads the race for the tournament's golden boot with six goals, commented on how England have managed to get fans back on their side.

It was a different game from then on, with Croatia suddenly playing with accuracy and goal as England lost momentum, though Kane missed a chance to win it in stoppage time when he headed wide from a free kick.

"We've come an incredibly long way in a short time and the experiences against Colombia, Sweden, is probably beyond where we thought we could go".

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Josip Pivaric of Croatia celebrates his Fifa World Cup semifinal win over England.

Mirror posted an image of dejected England players with the word "HEROES" written in big bold blocks, with the bottom line reading: "We're proud of you all..."

How do they make sure that this is not a beguiling high, especially when aspirations just grew with England's passage to only their third tournament semi-final since 1966?

When asked to explain the reason behind Croatia's comeback, Dalić speaking to Sky Sports said: "Because we were the better team in all segments of the game".

It was suggested before the game, by Business Insider and even Croatian reporters on Federation Internationale de Football Association, that Croatia would be encumbered because of the back-to-back extra-time matches it had to play ahead of the England game.

"I think now is the time for us to be strong as a group and take the time to reflect on the performance a little bit over the next couple of days".

The thinking was that if all players had left the field of play, the opposing team would be allowed to kick-off with only the goalkeeper left to defend the goal.