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I'll get a forehead tattoo if Croatia win tournament, jokes Ivan Rakitic

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Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric will provide a tough test for England on Wednesday

Southgate and his players have been hailed back home after reaching the last four for the first time since 1990, and for bringing together a nation bitterly divided over Brexit.

But Matuidi said he did not think the Croats would be worn out by their added time on the pitch over the last week. They care. They care about playing for their country.

"We have to think who can give us the best performance".

Russian Federation qualified automatically for the World Cup finals as the host country and entered the tournament as the lowest-ranked team.

"The honest thing is, it's not a game any team wants to play in", said Southgate, whose side have drawn praise for the way they have briefly united a country bitterly divided over Brexit.

And finally, on the 109th minute, it was Croatia that took home the win.

"I think every Belgian fan deserves that winning feeling at the end of this tournament".

"We'll be stronger then because of age and big-match experiences that build resilience".

England now holds the under-17 and under-20 World Cup crowns.

- As good as it gets?

"We came to win this tournament", Pickford said on Thursday.

"There is a culture that exists now that any new player that comes in has to follow".

"But when you've got to this point, and we've played as well as we have, you want to take those opportunities in life".

They have real humility.

"If you want to play for England you have to cope with that".

England were left in the lurch after a gut-wrenching 1-2 defeat at the hands of Croatia after extra-time.

"We regret that England has failed but this is sports".

"You will always have in your mind that it is a massive game to be involved in - and to be so close is tough". We'll need a day of dusting off, putting everything to bed and try to bury it as best we can. "I couldn't have done the last few weeks like I've been the last two days". We have raised expectation and I don't have a problem with that because we have also raised belief in the players.

"We have high motivation to perform".

England captain Harry Kane did not feature in England's loss to Belgium in the group stages but he will go into the game looking to add to the tournament-leading six goals he has already scored.

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