Photographer in middle of Croatia’s goal celebration took wonderful pictures

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Southgate and his players are sure to be greeted as heroes when they return from Russian Federation, but underlying frustration will linger after missing their shot at glory. "I feel that as a nation we have progressed and hopefully there is more to come in the future".

He described France as a "top-drawer team with fantastic players", but his own side have earned their place in the final, their victory over England coming after they earlier destroyed Lionel Messi and Argentina with a 3-0 win in the group stage.

Defender Dejan Lovren dismissed suggestions that the team would be exhausted after extra time and two penalty shootouts in their last two match matches.

It was no surprise that Croatia cavorted on the pitch in celebration with fans and family long after beating England in the semi-finals of the World Cup on Wednesday night, but a wiser head might have ushered them quietly to ice bath and bed.

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Harry Kane admits England's World Cup exit will "hurt for a while" after their hopes were dashed by Croatia. Maybe we dropped too deep at times.

Asked if he will be wary of revenge when the teams meet in the final of this year's tournament in Moscow on Sunday, Pogba said: "Croatia do not have stars - they want one".

You won't see a fan base more rabid than this one for a title. This shows character and is what makes me proud.

There is still work to be done and finding a way to create more chances from open play looks chief among Southgate's tasks.

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"I was just changing my lens as the players ran towards me", the photographer told AFP news agency later.

"We know what it takes and in such moments you forget any fatigue you may feel", said the 29-year-old Liverpool player. "I'm sure Belgium didn't want to be in it", Kane said.

"Against the very best teams, we've not managed to get the wins".

England v Sweden match at the Solstice. "But from the second half onwards we played much better, and we showed our real standard", said Perisic.

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"But I think within the games that we've played, we've played exciting, attacking football".