England vs. Croatia: Southgate Urges Team To Create History

England vs. Croatia: Southgate Urges Team To Create History

England managed to hang on to force an extra 30 minutes and initially looked the more threatening of the two teams once again in the additional period.

The supporters were in dreamland when Kieran Trippier curled a David Beckham-esque free kick into the top corner in the fifth minute.

Shooting towards the end of the Luzhniki Stadium where most of their fans were gathered, they equalised in the 68th minute, as Sime Vrsaljko crossed from the right and Perisic stole in front of the stooping Kyle Walker to score with his left foot.

Henderson has been key to England's success in Russian Federation so far with his calm and precise distribution as well as a willingness to protect the back three.

Harry Kane captains England in Moscow tonight.

"There's a lot we could have done better".

"They'll be the best team we've played in terms of what they're capable of doing with the ball, and what their individuals are capable of, definitely", Southgate said ahead of the game on Wednesday, as quoted on Sky Sports. Hell, the Netherlands lost a semifinal on spot-kicks four years ago and didn't even qualify for this World Cup.

"It's been great to get to this stage and we know we've done everyone proud but we wanted to go on and win it", Kane added.

"It hurts. I don't know what else to say".

Gareth Southgate has named his team for England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia - the country's first in the competition since 1990.

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"It was a very hard game for us", said man of the match Ivan Perisic, who cancelled out Kieran Trippier's early goal with a fine effort before Mario Mandzukic struck in the 109th minute to complete their third straight comeback win.

In Moscow, Croatia fans said they were taken aback by their side's win. Including extra-time, Dalic's side has now scored at least two goals in five of their last six games.

What is not in doubt is their quality.

England, who made an early impression with a 6-1 crushing of Panama in the group stage, then overcame their shootout hoodoo in beating Colombia in the last 16 and looked composed and mature in the 2-0 quarter-final victory over Sweden. But Croatia suddenly sparked into life.

Mandzukic alertly reacted to the unexpected ball in the penalty area, splitting defenders John Stones and Harry Maguire, who had taken four short steps up.

It was a different game from then on, with Croatia suddenly playing with accuracy and objective as England lost their shape and composure, though Kane missed a chance to win it in stoppage time when he headed wide from a free kick.

"Mentally strong team", midfielder Ivan Rakatic said.

Mario Mandzukic was Croatia's match-winner, swivelling to power home the decisive goal in the 109th minute.

The 23-man England squad, which has an average age of just over 26 and was the tournament's third youngest, had the hopes and expectations of a nation on their shoulders.

"The higher the level of opponent, if you press in a disorganised fashion, then you will get picked through, and we have got to be conscious of that".

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