Russian Federation 2018: France not expecting exhausted Croatia

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England lost 2-1 to Croatia after the game went to extra time in Russian Federation, and the team will have to play Belgium in the third-place play off on Saturday. What our aim is, is to build with a system now through the development teams.

England now holds the under-17 and under-20 World Cup crowns.

"There is a lot of motivation for us and Belgium have already beaten us, so we would like to address that as well".

For instance, Nigeria has claimed the most under-17 titles (five) but has never advanced beyond the Round of 16 at a senior World Cup.

"It's obviously not the same now England have been knocked out, but we're proud of what they've done and we're staying here until Monday, so now it's time to relax and make the most of our time left".

When the full-time whistle blew after 124 minutes in Moscow on Wednesday night Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic sprinted to celebrate with energy like the match had just kicked-off.

"I'm gutted for the players and I'm gutted for Gareth because, as everyone knows, it was an incredible opportunity to go to a World Cup final", he said.

"They coped brilliantly with that".

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The Telegraph's front page called for England to "Hold your heads high" while the Guardian captured supporters' mood with the headline "The hurt goes on".

" We lost it in '98 but this time we are going all the way", said fan Niko Zeba. "It's the same as if you're at a big club".

That game saw both coaches heavily rotate their teams, and a similar scenario is likely in Saint Petersburg, with several fringe players pushing for a start.

The two sides must pick themselves up and dust themselves down after suffering the crushing disappointment of semi-final defeats to play for the modest prize of third place in a fixture often criticised as pointless.

"There's an energy and a connection back".

"Then they play Colombia and in the second half, Colombia were much better than them". Little was expected from England in Russian Federation, but they have overachieved by going so far and Southgate is the man credited with the turnaround in fortunes.

"He was was totally on board with us not playing him in the first game against Belgium".

"We felt the best way to be successful in this tournament was to play that system".

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"Players had run out of steam but that's partly their age - they're still physically maturing".

Grabar-Kitarovic said she would probably give a Croatia jersey to her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron after sending one to Russian President Vladimir Putin and giving one to British Prime Minister Theresa May earlier in the tournament.

"There's plenty of room for improvement, which the players are up for".

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"Once Argentina were out, we just wanted to stay here till the end and watch as many games we could".

He said: "It's nice to be appreciated but it's about the team. For them to still be singing when we're seeing friends and families, chanting our names and singing the manager's name, is completely different", he said.

"I don't think you can put it into words... the feeling this comes once in a lifetime, if not two lifetimes". To try to finish third in the World Cup doesn't happen often.

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"But I think we've done really well to reach the semi-final".

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