Croatia stun England in extra time to book first-ever final berth

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Prince William, who is also the president of England's Football Association, issued a battle cry before his country's World Cup semi-final clash against Croatia, according to the Evening Standard.

Alli was on target in the team's 2-0 win against Sweden in the quarter-finals, which booked the Three Lions a meeting with a Croatia team that overcame Russian Federation on penalties in their last eight encounter.

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"They've been unbelievable the whole tournament but at the end of the day, it was our best chance ever and we haven't taken it", Reece said.

"I'm rare breed. I'm an Englishman that doesn't drink tea", he said.

The nation has embraced the single by The Lightning Seeds, originally released for Euro 96, and turned it into a unifying way of celebrating their team's first appearance at a World Cup semi-final since 1990. Everyone in Croatia remembers that game when Thuram scored and we lost 2-1.

"I could only dream of playing for my country and scoring one of the most important goals to reach the final", Perisic said. "I'm going to a wedding on the weekend, I have to drive to the airport soon to pick up my cousin who's flying in from Toronto, I have to make dinner, and I'm still here watching the game".

As some fans sunk to their knees in disappointment, 24-year-old sports coach Jaihon Sedgley said: "I am absolutely gutted but we go again in two years at the next tournament".

England got off to a hot start in its World Cup semifinal match against Croatia on Wednesday.

Rising high at the back post to meet another precise free kick from Kieran Trippier, Kane misconnected and the ball bounced wide of the goal.

With Croatia trailing 1-0, Vrsaljko curled in the cross that Ivan Perisic volleyed into the net in the 68th minute.

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic injured his hamstring in a quarterfinal win over Russian Federation and Sime Vrsaljko was injured in the same match.

Croatia are in the last four of the World Cup for the first time since 1998 and Vrsaljko says his team's run can not be compared to the Europa League success he enjoyed with Atletico Madrid last term.