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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.

England play their first World Cup Semi-final since 1990 on Wednesday and may what the outcome be, Southgate is confident that the sensational run of this team will surely be "a great reference point" for English teams of the future.

He said: 'I was born for Italia 90 but I was only just seven and cannot remember watching the game but I can imagine that I would of sat and watched it with my Dad that's for sure.

"But, certainly, I'm hugely proud of what they've done". It was a insane moment, they were delighted.

Despite failing to make the most of arguably their best chance of reaching the final since 1966, British media hailed the team as heroes with Mirror Sport declaring them "National Treasures", while the Daily Mail saluted their efforts.

England haven't been this far at a World Cup for 28 years. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840. "Another one picked up my lens and another player (Domagoj Vida) gave me a kiss". Should they hold on, the Three Lions will take on France in the final on Sunday. Cortez never dropped his camera. [Photo/Reuters] Matchwinner Mandzukic offers to help up Cortez after the celebrations.

Croatia looked vulnerable from set-pieces against Russian Federation, conceding the equaliser in extra-time via a set-play, so this is an area England can exploit. Southgate was so demoralised by his penalty kick failure against Germany in the 1996 European Championship semi-finals, he avoided The Lightning Seeds 'Three Lions, ' the team's official song when they hosted the tournament.

"They played their best, it obviously wasn't to be".

"And, yeah, there will in time be a lot of positives to take". 'It's very hard to say anything that will make them feel better in this moment.

"We know there is more to come from this @england team".

General manager Danilo Levator told Daily Star Online: "We're so excited to see the boys bring it home tonight, and like the rest of the country, we believe that Southgate is the one!"

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