Croatia out to make history in mouth-watering final showdown against France

England's coach Gareth Southgate celebrates after winning the quarter-final match against Sweden on July 7

Gareth Southgate got his tactics and substitutions wrong in England's World Cup semifinal defeat to Croatia, according to ESPN FC pundits Craig Burley and Stuart Robson.

England have been eliminated from the World Cup right at the penultimate stage, and Croatia are now through to Sunday's finals instead.

Fans stationed behind the goal roared as a young boy wearing the Peresic name ran a scintillating line from nearly halfway to score in a packed away net.

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The tournament has been a gripping contest between 32 teams who have all dazzled under the lights at the grandest stage of them all. It is what it is, but we'll try and play that game with as much pride as a team as try and finish on a high. It is a game neither team want to play, even if it could determine if Harry Kane wins the Golden Boot.

'I'm not sure it was flawless by any means, ' said Southgate.

Timeless star Goran Visnjic‏, who was born in Croatia, has been cheering on his home country since the start of the tournament, posting a throwback pic in a Croatian kit, as well as a map showing his homeland's diminutive size as they took on host nation Russian Federation in the quarterfinals. 'There's only one game that's bigger than the semi-final, so to lead this team to there has been an incredible experience, ' he said.

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Laura Grimes, of Cambridge University Press, said: "The huge amount of language data we've collected and analysed gives us fascinating insight into the mood surrounding the World Cup".

Politicians also added their praise, with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeting: "A heartbreaking way to go out but won't forget what a great tournament it's been for England. I thank him for everything he did at Real Madrid".

Southgate certainly believes the World Cup campaign has created a foundation. "Mistakes were always going to happen but I think to be a top team you have got to play in that style".

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Thankfully England were able to weather the storm: successfully navigating an improved Colombia from earlier in the game. A relieved Southgate said, "It was a night when I knew we were going to get over the line".

According to BBC Sport, the investigation is based upon possible chants of "no surrender" by England fans, and other songs that may have been discriminatory.

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