Selfless Raheem Sterling proves his worth to England despite semi-final defeat

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Ivan Perisic equalised for Croatia in the 68th minute before Mario Mandzukic scored the victor with 11 minutes remaining of extra time.

England fans stayed after the final whistle to pay tribute to their England heroes following a 2-1 defeat to Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals, belting out Oasis's Don't Look Back In Anger.

Finally, Croatia defender Vedran Ćorluka had only four words when asked if he had any thoughts regarding the 2-1 victory over England.

In Gareth Southgate, England have a manager who has brought new vigor to the national team setup, and who has managed to transform a side who crashed out to minnows Iceland at Euro 2016 into World Cup semifinalists.

"England have reason to cry because they were so close to [reaching the World Cup final], but they have also have reason to be optimistic", Manchester United boss Mourinho told RT. Croatia's dream continues into Sunday's final against France.

The injuries started to pile up, legs looked gassed and the opportunity to seal it became reality for Mandzukic, who sneaked behind the back of England defender John Stones to score the victor.

"Obviously it's been good to get to this stage and we've done everyone proud but we wanted to go on and win it. but we've fallen a bit short".

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However, this time he was far more direct, playing on the last shoulder of the Croatian backline and zooming off towards goal rather than retreating away from it.

'They're on their way to being top players but they're not there yet but we can see we're progressing and really heading in the right direction'.

"For us as a team, it's another chance to create a small piece of history".

- Who has the edge in the World Cup final? It's a young team, the majority of the players will play in the next World Cup with more experience at club level.

France, which won its only title at home in 1998, will have an extra day of rest after beating Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday.

It wasn't to be for England at the 2018 World Cup but bet365 have cut the Three Lions from 11/1 (12.0) to 8/1 (9.0) in their latest Euro 2020 outright victor odds.

France can be crowned world champions for the second time in their history on Sunday and now lead the Euro 2020 betting at 4/1 (5.0). Lingard failed to connect with a Kane through ball in 78th, Kane miss-hit a header off a free kick in stoppage time, and Stones' header from a corner was cleared off the line by Vrsaljko in the 99th.

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