Profile of World Cup finalists Croatia

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic and players go through drills during training in Moscow on Wednesday. Maxim Shemetov  Reuters

Team Croatia paired France in the final match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup 2-1 win over England in the overtime period of the semifinals match at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital of Moscow on Wednesday.

Under the clear blue skies of a handsome summer's evening, beer rained down as fans celebrated an early England goal in their first semi-final appearance in 28 years - a prospect which had seemed virtually impossible at the tournament's outset.

Over half the current squad were not even born when England last played a semi-final in world football's top tournament, while manager Gareth Southgate was born four years after their last final in 1966.

David Baddiel, part of the Three Lions anthem that found new life during the tournament, thanked the team for a "beautiful World Cup run".

"It was a very hard game for us", man of the match Ivan Perisic, who cancelled out Kieran Trippier's early goal with a fine effort of his own, said. Surely their youth and the extra rest would pay off at some point during 30 additional minutes.

The i carries a picture of captain Harry Kane with the caption "heartbreak" alongside a story previewing Mr Trump's arrival in the UK. And it nearly happened early in the extra session when John Stones rose to meet a corner kick, only for Vrsaljko to clear the goal-bound header off the line.

"But what I will say is I'm remarkably proud of a group of players who have really advanced". Croatia deserved the victory.

Modric, along with Mario Mandzukic, are the 32-year-olds who have propelled Croatia to its first major soccer final. In big games it's small margins. "I don't think so".

Look, this England team will be around for a while.

As more players piled on, they crashed into the photographers. They were a joy to watch.

"I originally said we'd go to penalties".

From 2009 he spent two years each at Belgium's Club Brugge and German sides Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg, becoming the Belgian league's top scorer as well as Bundesliga champion and German cup victor.

While Belgium beat favourites Brazil only to be unseated by France in the semi-final, England's opponents were Colombia, Sweden and Croatia - not easy but unquestionably more manageable.

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