Gareth Southgate: England will play Belgium with 'huge pride'

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They will meet a French team which eased past Belgium 1-0 in their semi-finals, and which boasts a population difference of around 62 million people more than Croatia.

For a second there, it did honestly feel like it was coming home, but alas, it was not to be.

But England's performances in Russian Federation have been met with joy back home with Southgate credited with bringing the love of global football back into the hearts of many back home - a view shared by England forward Rashford.

"They've had an incredible route to the final".

Though bilateral political relations between London and Moscow are at an all-time low, there were still plenty of Russians rooting for England in the stadium, not least because Russia and Croatia have their own beef, partially stemming from the warm ties between Moscow and Serbia.

Alli has not quite hit full gear in the World Cup campaign, but has been vital to the England side nonetheless and did score a header in the quarter finals against Sweden.

Southgate said playing regularly in big matches was a key stage of development for his players and that the way they dropped away in the second half was perhaps a result of their inexperience. But they gave us pride - and brought the whole nation together": "The Mail uses its front page to focus on the impact England's success at the World Cup has had beyond the world of football.

Croatia, who have reached the final for the first time in their history, will play France on Sunday. What more could we ask for?

He said: "What was it two crosses two goals?" We have two days to prepare.

"I'm sure we lacked in some areas, there are things we could've done better", Kane said.

"We lived the dream".

John Ryan, 33, from Coventry, was also in the Luzhniki to witness the defeat.

Russia's ministry of communications said there had been 6,300 new applications for fan IDs, the document that allows visa-free entry to Russian Federation during the World Cup, since England beat Sweden in the quarter-final on Saturday. "In extra-time we showed we are still able with the fatigue to play our game".

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