England V. Croatia, Winner Will Play France

Zlatko Dalic

Before you lock in your 2018 World Cup picks for France vs. Croatia, you need to see what European football expert David Sumpter has to say.

John Ryan, 33, from Coventry, was in the Luzhniki to witness the defeat.

They should have turned up, it's the semi-final of a World Cup.

England too left Italy 28 years ago feeling that the team featuring Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne could have gone all the way.

Southgate and his players will rightly receive huge praise as they have done so much to restore England's reputation and reconnect the public to their football team. And put in a performance.

"In the first half, give them credit they did play relatively well, in the second half bottle jobs. I feel disappointed but proud".

Andy Bradley, 42, from Hull, East Yorkshire, was among the throng of despondent England fans leaving the Moscow venue.

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Win tonight and England will face France in the final after they beat Belgium 1-0 with a Samuel Umtiti header. France await the winners in the final, but Southgate is convinced the future is bright whatever the outcome.

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The England regular spoke highly of fellow midfielders Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic along with Liverpool team-mate Dejan Lovren . Croatia , in their first semi since 1998, levelled through Ivan Perisic after 68 minutes and then looked the more risky side.

"A lot of surprises at the World Cup, with Germany, Argentina, they are out of the competition, but also surprised by England, how they play, their style, how they play different to the past", he said.

"Croatia have reached the semi-finals".

Asked how many might be ticketless, he said: "It's hard to judge, we know from the ticket sales we can probably reasonably expect through official channels about half that number to get tickets".

Southgate said playing regularly in big matches was a key stage of development for his players and that the way they dropped away in the second half was perhaps a result of their inexperience.

"We take it on the chin, we move on". We haven't said our last word, there is still one more game to go. "I'll go even if England don't make it, the atmosphere will be great".

"We are going to play England in the League of Nations (in October) and we don't have a proper stadium to play that game". We were better. This is unreal. "I think France will win the title". We can at least defend two crosses. I'm devastated for them. "Only great teams can be as courageous as we were and fight back from a goal down against teams like England", said Mandzukic, whose side face France in Sunday's final after their 2-1 extra-time win.

England came to a standstill as the 7pm kick-off approached, with roads deserted and shopping centres abandoned as fans dashed home to catch the historic game.

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