Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

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Paul Pogba defiant after starring role for France

England manager Gareth Southgate says the team dressing room is "a hard place at the moment", after his side went out to Croatia in extra-time in the Fifa World Cup semifinals.

They lost the 2016 Euro final 1-0 to Portugal at Stade de France with a roster that included nine holdovers on this year's team. They might have played 90 minutes more than us [due to extra-time in the last three matches] but the most determined team will win on Sunday. I think it is too easy to move on immediately from what we've just been through.

"This time we don't want to make that mistake and we will approach the game differently".

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'I am not going to lie.

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Croatia also was dealing with serious injury concerns entering a World Cup semifinal against a fully fit England side.

"But I've said all along we're not ideal, we're not the finished article".

"There's no weakness in a team that is in the final".

The 25-year-old has been in good form for Les Bleus at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, especially in the three knockout fixtures they have played so far, against Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium. We stay as we are from the start of the tournament.

The two sides must pick themselves up and dust themselves down after suffering the crushing disappointment of semi-final defeats to play for the modest prize of third place in a fixture often criticised as pointless.

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"For us, we are not the favourites".

The number of 999 calls that the West Midlands Ambulance Service received catapulted on Wednesday night after Croatia's victory over England. "Another one picked up my lens and another player gave me a kiss", the photographer told his news agency.

"We will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a Federation Internationale de Football Association event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration".

"The ability of the team and the style of play we've evolved enormously in a short period of time".

"But for these players, many have come of age on an global stage and I couldn't be prouder with what they've done".

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