Too early to take positives for proud England boss Southgate


Just the small matter of a game in which Croatia stand between Southgate and his ambition of matching Sir Alf Ramsey's feat of taking England to the World Cup final. The game will be held at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

Yuri Cortez is a chief photographer for AFP Mexico and when Croatia scored their semi-final-winning goal in the 109th minute against England, he was in both the wrong place and the right place at the right time.

"Then they asked me if I was OK".

"I think they've done the country proud".

Despite having talents such as Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic to call upon, Croatia's results had not been particularly impressive for several years.

"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 of his own. Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has continued the good form he showed towards the end of last season too.

France's forward Kylian Mbappe runs with the ball during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semifinal football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. The 51-year-old had spent the previous three years managing Abu Dhabi-based team Al-Ain.

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France will have had 24 hours longer to prepare for the game after edging out Belgium 1-0 in 90 minutes in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.

It would have been the nation's first final since they won in 1966 but an extra time goal from Mario Mandzukic left dreams shattered.

Officers are now calling on the public to stay out of trouble during and after tonight's game against Croatia, which kicks off at 7pm. It is the first time in our lifetime that we have seen a semi final.

She added that she is flying back to Croatia and would be watching the game as part of a joint birthday football celebration.

England faltered at that third hurdle with a World Cup final beckoning - the good work undone by exhausted legs and perhaps a withdrawal of ambition to protect a precious lead.

A nation famous for...

Earlier the presenter revealed what appeared to be pages from the This Morning script, with one set to be used if England won and the other set to be used in the event of a loss. Outside of sport, dalmatian dogs are thought to have originated from the Croatian region of Dalmatia.