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Croatia have gone to extra-time in all three of their knockout matches, triumphing on penalties against Denmark and hosts Russian Federation before edging past England 2-1 in the semi-final.

Russian manager Stanislav Cherchesov said his side was disappointed after exiting the World Cup at the quarter-finals despite having made the country's best run at the tournament, TASS news agency reported on Friday.

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"The honest thing is, it's not a game any team wants to play in", said Southgate, whose side have drawn praise for the way they have briefly united a country bitterly divided over Brexit. Picking them up first and foremost, energising them for this game. But there's something I want to say.

She said the current set of players had surpassed the achievements of the team that finished third at the 1998 World Cup in France.

"We did talk to them [the players] about that before, but I think it was hard for them to really get it, majority weren't born in 1990 and they were too young for '96".

"This team have taken us to a place we never thought we'd ever imagine we'd get".

But while Southgate will assess the fitness levels of his players, he does not want to deviate too far from what has become a settled line-up. That was just extra motivation for us. We'll be well prepared because this is a one in a lifetime opportunity.

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"When I was a player I had a very simplistic mindset".

"He still sprints in the 115th minute, he tracks back, he leads the team, he is the man of the tournament", added the coach.

"I would definitely leave my football boots behind on Monday if that was the price I had to pay to win for my country, to win for Croatia", said Rakitic, according to Telegraph Sport.

"The reality is that none of us know if that's as good as it gets", Southgate answered.

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"This is an historic game, not just for us but for everybody who is Croatian", Rakitic said. "It's the same as if you're at a big club".

Asked about his in-game chatter with VIP guests, Infantino said: "When we are here we don't speak about politics, we speak about football".

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