On this Day in 1998, Croatia Won World Cup Bronze

Zlatko Dalic

Zlatko Dalic

Croatia captain Luka Modric conceded a free kick with a clumsy challenge on Dele Alli and Kieran Trippier superbly curled home the set piece for his first global goal.

Ending the tweet with a W, he wrote: "I know how disappointed @england must feel right now but I couldn't be more proud of this team and you should hold your heads high". I'm devastated for them.

"We are concentrating on what's going on now".

Paul Sealey, who is visiting the area, said: "The team will do all in their power to win".

"I'm surprised. They have a good team, but also in the past they've had a good team and not reached more than the group stage", Tapalovic, now an assistant coach at Adelaide United, told Omnisport.

But not everyone from Bournemouth will be rooting for Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson.

Croatia will now play France in Sunday's final and for England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford it was a case of what might have been.

Since that Argentina game, Croatia have done just enough to beat Iceland, Denmark and Russian Federation, but Dalic believes that is because they set up to frustrate his side, whereas England's more attacking style could suit them better. The AA motoring organization predicted that by the time the game started, roads would be quieter than on Christmas Day.

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Tapalovic, who played for the likes of Schalke and 1860 Munich during his career, said some of the results had come as a shock.

"It was a fantastic journey, we got further than anyone thought we could, we've just got to learn from it".

Croatia have never been to a World Cup final, though they reached the semi-finals in 1998 with a team featuring the likes of Slavan Bilic and Davor Suker.

After a dramatic win on penalties against Russia, Croatia will play England on Wednesday night (AEST) in front of 80,000 people in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium for a place in the World Cup final.

'And, yeah, there will in time be a lot of positives to take.

"I'm not really religious", she said. "I've been jokingly saying that football's coming home, but now there's no reason why we can't win it".

Nick Branch, 35, joked: "I'm a West Ham fan so I'm used to disappointment". "For us, it was impressive to watch a team such as the English, that is so strong physically, and they couldn't keep up anymore, and we did have that energy". Similar numbers are expected after tonight's game and extra police patrols have been organised.

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