Kane spurred on by England's World Cup class of '66

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"We know what it takes and in such moments you forget any fatigue you may feel", said the 29-year-old at Tuesday's eve-of-game press conference at Luzhniki Stadium.

Croatia defender Dejan Lovren believes his exhausted team are ready to seize the opportunity of a lifetime when they face England in the World Cup semi-finals in Moscow today. 'We worked so hard, the fans were fantastic, it was a tough game, a 50-50 game, when we look back we will think there's stuff we could have done better. As a manager, you'd have gone home that night, if I'm Gareth Southgate, I'd have thought "yes, we've got beat but now look at our group, look where we go from here, look at the path forward".

An early goal from Kieran Trippier looked to have England on their way to a first World Cup final since 1966, but Ivan Perisic headed home in the second half to force extra time, where Mario Mandzukic scored from an England defensive miscue to send Croatia to their first-ever final.

England will set up a final showdown against France on Sunday if they overcome Croatia, with Belgium awaiting the losers in the third-place play-off. In a lot of games it's small margins and it went their way today.

"It's hard to say [what went wrong]. They played well and made it difficult for us.it's hard to put your finger of it". We felt we were good enough but have fallen just a bit short.

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Kane is now leading the race for the tournament's Golden Boot with six goals, while Lovren has played in all five of Croatia's games in their run to the final four - playing the full 90 minutes in four of those games.

"He is playing his best football and he is making a difference to a team". We weathered some storms.

"It's been great to get to this stage but we wanted to go on and win it".

"We've shown pride and passion".

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