Croatia motivated by England’s lack of respect, says Luka Modric

The rubber chicken went down well with the players

Kieran Trippier has been likened to David Beckham for his quality in dead-ball situations and he showed why, bending a free-kick over the defensive wall to give England a very early lead with his first worldwide goal.

Kieran Trippier's sumptuous fifth-minute free-kick put England 1-0 up before Ivan Perisic equalised midway through the second half.

However, with Croatia having to play extra-time against Russian Federation and the energy in the opposition, I can see England scraping a narrow victory in a tight game.

The semi-final match of the 2018 Football World Cup between Croatia and England will be LIVE telecast on Sony Ten 2/Sony Ten 2 HD (English), Sony Ten 3/Sony Ten 3 HD (Hindi) and Sony ESPN (Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu) TV channels.

In the 90th minute, England was granted a free kick just yards from Croatia's penalty box, but Trippier's shot to Kane's head failed to make it to the back of the net. He said: "I'm gutted. God willing, we will be world champions".

But it was veteran striker Mario Mandzukic who wrote the biggest headlines, picking himself up after being clattered by England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford late in the first half of extra time to drill home the game's winning goal in unerring fashion and send Croatia through to football's biggest day.

5' GOAL! Croatia 0-1 England: A dream start for England!

"All the celebrations and the songs they're singing back home, it inspires us as players to be able to sort of bring the nation together and put smiles on people's faces".

Elspeth Patient, 34, who is originally from Milton Keynes but now lives in Los Angeles, said: "It's been wonderful, it's been such an incredible time for England".

England paid the price for those early misses when Perisic showed great determination to get in front of Kyle Walker to meet a curling Sime Vrsaljko cross and though his boot was arguably high, Walker was stooping and there were few complaints.

Harry Kane shot weakly at Danijel Subasic when through, then forced the rebound against a post and Raheem Sterling was a constant thorn in the Croatia defence, though again his final ball was too often astray.

England have been knocked out of the World Cup after Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandžukić's goals denied the opener from Kerian Trippier.

Vrsaljko cleared a John Stones header off the line midway through the first extra period.

"This is a miracle".

Crawford spoke about the influence manager, Gareth Southgate has had on this group of players, adding: "After the 1990 and 96 tournaments, we all felt a bit flat because Bobby Robson and Terry Venables left their post once it was over".

'We wasn't talking about the final, we were just having a laugh with ya. "There's a lot we could have done better".

When things clicked for Croatia they had the quality of Modric and Rakitic, who finally began to dictate the tempo and flow of the game as many had expected they would. But we've fallen just a bit short.

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