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FIFA World Cup: Fans battle it out ahead Croatia vs England semifinal today

'We should be proud of how well we did - we're all heartbroken but we can rebuild and do our best next time'.

After Wednesday's dramatic win over England, few will be eager to head home just yet.

"Whether that had an effect on us not wanting to take as many chances as we had, subconsciously, I don't know".

The Croatians become the smallest nation to contest the World Cup final since Uruguay, who won the tournament in 1950 when the nation had a population of around 2.4 million. Charlie Clarke tweeted: "England needs to get to the semi finals more often. our office have all sacked off work and now we're at the pub amazing" and Shona Fran wrote: "Banked out from work 5 hours early, GET ME TO THE PUB ENGLAND".

His friend Joe Carter, 43, from York, added: "We really thought it was going to be different - this was our chance". "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".

"Every single police cell in County Durham and Darlington was full on Saturday night and our officers dealt with 1,400 calls, more than New Year's Eve".

The largest travelling support of the tournament so far, estimated before the game to be up to 10,000, were at Russia's biggest stage to witness the national side's failure to reach their first World Cup final in 52 years.

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Yuri Cortez is a chief photographer for AFP Mexico and when Croatia scored their semi-final-winning goal in the 109th minute against England, he was in both the wrong place and the right place at the right time. 'It's very hard to say anything that will make them feel better in this moment.

"I think tonight (Wednesday) will be the biggest test for them".

May and Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic have met on the sidelines of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit for the friendly exchange.

"Once we were here, it was an opportunity to do something that only one team in our nation's history has ever done".

From Southgate's perspective, though, a third-placed finish will add to the sense of achievement and pride and at least allow England to leave Russian Federation on the high most will agree they have deserved. The players and all of the staff, they have to be proud.

Phillip Schofield praised the team for what they had achieved and for uniting people.

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