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England's championship hopes came to an end with a 2-1 extra-time loss to Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday.

Croatia reaching the World Cup final is staggering, but they produced a bigger miracle in the World Cup of 1998, reaching the semifinals and ending up third - merely three years after the country emerged victorious from the civil war that splintered Yugoslavia into Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia.

Martinez said allowing the players' families in the team camp after Tuesday's 1-0 semi-final loss to France had lifted the mood for the third-place playoff, always a hard match for sides still wallowing in the disappointment of missing out on the World Cup final. Should Croatia finish second to France, he will miss the runners-up medal.

"We finished fourth, gained some experience, everyone from the players to the coaching staff, and I couldn't ask more over these 31 days we spent in Russian Federation".

"After that, the play-offs against Greece, we breezed past Greece to qualify and a great deal of influence on that was our national team coach. But today shows, and some other games show, that there is still room for improvement", said Kane.

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"Today was always going to be a really hard game".

"We're not the finished article, we're still improving and will only get better". Against the best teams we have come up short, but we have had a wonderful experience.

Kane failed to find the net in England's final three games of the tournament, but still remains on course to win the Golden Boot thanks to his six goals against Tunisia, Panama and Colombia. "We haven't produced quite enough moments of quality around the penalty area in the tournament", he said.

"I think it would be wrong to judge any player on today's game if their energy levels were short". He's led the culture that we're trying to create.

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