Ivan Perisic injury scare ahead of World Cup final

Harry Kane and England now must prepare for the third-placed play-off rather than the World Cup final

Harry Kane and England now must prepare for the third-placed play-off rather than the World Cup final

The World Cup in Russian Federation has thrown up some stunning twists, turns and shocks, so it's perhaps fitting that its final game will feature the smallest nation to appear in the last stage of the tournament since 1950.

"None of us knows if that's as good as it gets", he said, after England were beaten 2-1 by Croatia in extra-time on Wednesday. "As you rest & prepare for the play-off know we're with you".

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.

Speaking about the World Cup semi-final win after the match with former England player Glen Hoddle and ex-Wales and Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs, Bilic told explained Croatia's dominance in the midfield in the second half was the key.

"We've proved to ourselves and our country that's possible".

"I'm remarkably proud of the group of players", Southgate added.

Gareth Southgate acknowledges the England supporters after the loss to Croatia
Gareth Southgate acknowledges the England supporters after the loss to Croatia

It was hard to say anything that will make them feel better at his moment.

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

"If you want to play for England you have to cope with that".

Writing on Twitter, he said: "Dear England - you have been incredible throughout this tournament". In extra time, he leaped high to block John Stones' header, keeping Croatia in the game before Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal about 10 minutes later.

On Thursday, the Inter Milan player went to a Moscow hospital to receive treatment according to the "Daily Mail" and will now potentially miss the biggest game in his nation's history on Sunday as they take on France in the same stadium where Perisic performed so well against England.

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