"We Earned Love And Respect Of Our Country" -Russian Coach

General view inside the Samara Arena before the Sweden vs England quarter-final. This stadium hosted six matches of the World Cup. Reuters

"We played for you with your heart and soul, these guys have made history". As you know by now, they didn't.

"They don't need any motivation for this now". "We have two matches to play, we are very motivated, we will give our all".

England have exceeded expectations by making it to the last four of the World Cup for the first time since 1990. But the team didn't get past the group stage of any tournament for the next decade.

Kolinda, the first female president in her country, was earlier seen shaking hands and congratulating Medvedev when Russian Federation took the lead but she couldn't hide her excitement when her team entered the semi-final for the first time after 1998.

Former Croatia coach Slaven Bilic, meanwhile, said his country will be aiming to exploit England's weaknesses when they are not in possession. Is their something more sinister to this team?

After the final whistle he celebrated wildly, shouting and pumping his fist in front of the travelling support. He added: "Yes, I was insane enough that I considered a Panenka!" First, his team needs to get past France on Tuesday to earn a spot in the final for the first time.

It was a theme he returned to post-match on Saturday. I'm sure we will prepare well. "To score four goals is good, but if the team doesn't go forward, it's meaningless". France will be facing Belgium on July 10 while Croatia will be facing England on July 11 respectively.

Southgate is concerned about the demands of the tournament on his players. "All the fears that some were trying to put on us with regards to this World Cup, well not only they were not true but it's actually the opposite". "More the other night (against Colombia) coming into Saturday", he added.

"From the start of the second half we played much better, but unfortunately we couldn't finish the game". We are on the right track to repeat that feat but it is not going to be easy. "Maybe we can change something". "We'll just have to assess the bodies".

The striker has become the poster boy of the Three Lions' campaign in Russian Federation with six goals so far. "There will be a lot of great players on the pitch".

'I've known Luka for a number of years, not only with the national team.

Kane scored twice in the opening game against Tunisia, including a last-minute victor, and a hat-trick in the rout of Panama.

Tottenham won the race for the Croatian in 2008, paying a then club record-equalling £16.5m for a player, who nevertheless initially struggled to adapt to the pace of the Premier League, amid fears his stature would work against him.

In England's class of 2018, free kicks, corners and wide crosses are mostly provided by England's wing backs, Young and Kieran Trippier, and they are proving tough to defend. "Today we didn't manage to win and I'm disappointed".

Dalic admired the way the Three Lions handled their business in the 2-0 success over the Swedes.

The midfielder, by his own admission, didn't have his best game. "We don't have any chances to win this Cup and of course we are sad". I think that penalties are a lottery.