Kyle Walker posts emotional message to nation after World Cup exit

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Zagreb's main square exploded with joy and wild celebrations after Mario Mandzukic netted the victor in extra time to send his team into the July 15 final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium against France.

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. "Two players played with half-a-leg, but it didn't show". In extra-time nobody wanted to be substituted. What a night! A huge video wall was set up in the historic city and the broadcast was followed by thousands, they sat on the floor, on walls, in stands, hung from windows.

"We had hoped [for this] and we believed in our team, but the feeling when we finally entered the finals can not be compared to anything", said Croatia fan Ivan Kecerin. "Going to extra-time might be a problem along with the fact France have had an extra day to recover but there will be no excuses", he added.

On that occasion, the Uruguayans defeated a heavily-fancied Brazil team 2-1 at the Maracana in the final second-stage group game, which effectively served as the tournament's final.

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Bitter disappointment was mixed with pride for England fans who witnessed the Three Lions' lose their first World Cup semi-final in decades.

The Croatians overcame an even bigger demographic difference in the quarter-final, beating Russian Federation - a nation of around 145 million - on penalties.

"This team is nowhere near the level they will be capable of, partly because of age and partly because over the years they'll have more big-match experience".

In Moscow, some England fans emerged from the Luzhniki Stadium in tears and being hugged by others while jubilant Croatian supporters celebrated around them.

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Among the best was Marcelo Brozovic, the Inter Milan midfielder brought into the line-up to provide extra steel in front of the defence. During a BBC documentary on those European Championships, David Baddiel said that they had no idea the song would take off the way it did. "I told the players before the game there was no pressure - we have reached the semi-finals, enjoy your football and this was exactly what we did".

After Croatia stunned England in the second World Cup semifinal on Wednesday, we finally have the matchup that'll determine it all in 2018: France will face off against Croatia on Sunday.

A first World Cup final since 1966 and a showdown with France agonisingly slipped away.

"This is fantastic", Dalic said. Tripper had the freedom of the park in the first half, but as the game wore on they forced England back, they forced Tripper back and they forced Young back.

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