The game ended 1-1 in regular time, and was won with Croatia's second goal scored in extra time.
"That enabled Croatia to dominate that midfield area and get their full-backs into play, they were creating 2-v-1s in wide areas".
With Trippier and Ashley Young under pressure, England's midfield began to be stretched with Jordan Henderson taking on an unmanageable workload and Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli more preoccupied with helping out the defenders than asking questions of Croatia's backline.
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Dele Alli's model girlfriend Ruby Mae was there to support her nab while there was hugs all round for manager Gareth Southgate with his wife Alison and and teenage children Mia, 19, and Flynn, 15.
Zlatko Dalic was in France for the 1998 World Cup when Croatia played in their first major tournament as an independent nation.
"They've exceeded all expectations".
The Croats needed extra-time and penalties for the second successive knockout game, beating Russian Federation last time, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see them tire at some point in this game. "We know there is more to come from this @England team. W".
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Selection: £1 on Belgium to win 3-2 at 28/1 with bet365. The team needed Kane to use his head in stoppage time to get the victor.
Gareth Southgate's England team were hailed as heroes by British media, who acclaimed their achievement rather than dwelled on disappointment after their heart-breaking World Cup exit on Wednesday.
If we as supporters are struggling to accept the result in Moscow, then the players will be far more upset. "They let their hair down and I approved that because we have been in isolation for 50 days". "We restored some pride back into the shirt, which was an important thing for us to do".
As Croatia now face France on Sunday to decide who is crowned world champion, England will have a second go at Belgium for the third-place play-offs this Saturday.
In-fact, 72% of England's goals have come from set-pieces.
"He's captained the team brilliantly", Southgate said of Kane.
"I can be very happy with my life", Dalic said, adding that "without strong faith and that motivation, it would be very hard to achieve it".