Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Pogba dedicates France win to rescued Thai players

Pogba dedicates France win to rescued Thai players

But already emotions are running very high amongst English soccer supporters. But Croatia came alive in the second half, first scoring on a header in the 68th minute by Ivan Perisic to level the match and take the game to extra time.

The first half of Wednesday's game had Croatia lagging behind 0-1 after a goal from England's Kevin Trippier only five minutes in.

Neil Ashton is joined by Matt Dickinson and Jeremy Cross to reflect on England's World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia.on the latest World Cup Supplement.

'We were lucky but also showed character.

Instead, prior to being handed the reins of Croatia, he was arguably more famous in the Middle East, where he had stints in charge of Al Faisaly, Al Hilal (both Saudi Arabia) and Al Ain (United Arab Emirates).

This year's third-place play-off fixture will be played on Saturday July 14, one day before the World Cup final at 3pm BST (10am EST) at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.

'I believe that we deserved to win, ' Dalic said.

Just some very sad English soccer players on the ground
On both ends of the field, Sime Vrsaljko got the job done. I think my wife would throw me out if I spent that much. We will want to give a performance of huge pride.

'We showed that we deserved to be in the final and people should respect us. "We defended and scored a goal from a set piece".

Asked about facing France, Dalic, the former Al Ain manager, said: "There is no weakness in a team that is in the final".

'This was a fast and slick and young England side but we had experience they could not match, ' he added.

"But we have our hearts, our pride and our players and that is what is really important to us".

Kieran Tripper, who was perhaps England's best player out in Russian Federation and scored on the night, was comforted by wife Charlotte and their young daughter. "We are happy, but there is still one more step to take".

'My players have played Champions League football and are champions in their countries. And physical preparation. if the player is not in good physical shape, he will not play well in a World Cup.

Federation Internationale de Football Association had invited the team to the World Cup final on Sunday but the governing body announced the boys wouldn't be able to attend since they are receiving medical treatment after their ordeal.

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