Croatian players' kids delight World Cup fans with post-win scratch match

Croatian players' kids delight World Cup fans with post-win scratch match

"It's still something massively to play for, to be the third-best team in the world, " Walker said after England's semifinal loss to Croatia.

With sound positioning and good attacking play including a special goal against Argentina, Pavard has exceeded expectation.

A World Cup photographer became part of Croatia's celebration.

England have been eliminated from the World Cup right at the penultimate stage, and Croatia are now through to Sunday's finals instead.

The skipper said detractors "should be more humble" and show greater respect after his side's 2-1 extra-time win shattered England's dreams of glory in Russian Federation.

Even if the result is quickly forgotten by the fans, it will be remembered in English Premier League locker rooms.

"When you get to this stage of the competition, the margins are fine. they've taken two of their (chances) and we weren't able to respond". Walker can face Manchester City teammates Vincent Kompany and Kevin de Bruyne, while Tottenham boasts three players for Belgium and five for England.

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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.

"Semi-finals, they've done what they had to do, they took us to the semi-finals". I've looked at it every day since - and it was the first thing I looked at when we got back this morning.

"Unfortunately, we just came up a bit short".

Dele Alli's model girlfriend Ruby Mae was there to support her nab while there was hugs all round for manager Gareth Southgate with his wife Alison and and teenage children Mia, 19, and Flynn, 15.

The Croatian players were quick to tend to Cortez.

As on Wednesday after the match, Dalic pointed out that Croatia did not have a stadium suitable to host England in the new Nations League later this year, an issue that he viewed as proof of the extraordinary feat he had orchestrated.

We want to carry on what we are doing, and maintain the positive feeling around the team and the fans.

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