There is more history behind Croatia's World Cup team than you think

England take on Croatia in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday

England could finish third in the World Cup with a victory over Belgium in Saturday's playoff but manager Gareth Southgate believes they are not yet amongst the elite teams in worldwide football.

Southgate says despite losing to Croatia, England remains motivated by the thought of achieving the nation's best World Cup finish since victory in 1966.

Kane has six goals, despite sitting out England's final group game, a 1-0 loss to Belgium.

The same goes for the other wing, with Ivan Strinic equally attack-minded and his replacement late in the game, Josip Pivaric, doing as he was told, crossing into the box from the left to give Mario Mandzukic the chance to score the victor and send his team into the final.

"I mean, the reality is it's not actually my decision (not to hold a parade)", England boss Southgate said.

Dhoni guides India to 148/5 against England
Instead, the first match was decided by Kuldeep, and the second by some excellent bowling and fielding from England . India lead the three-match T20I series against England as they won the first T20I at Old Trafford .

The song that was first popularised in the mid nineties became the new national anthem of choice for England fans as the team scaled through several stages leading up to their eventual defeat in the semi-finals by Croatia. We have set a standard of how we work and how we play and we want to aspire to that level every time we go out.

"Good old England, England that couldn't play football, England have got it in the bag, I know that was then, but it could be again, It's coming home, it's coming home".

"The honest thing is it's not a game any team wants to play", Southgate admitted.

"There is a lot of motivation for us and Belgium have already beaten us, so we would like to address that as well".

"But if we have a parade, that would have been one part of the country and we represent the whole country as well". We were 20 minutes from a World Cup Final.

England manager Gareth Southgate reflects on World Cup exit
They lost a semi-final to eventual winners Spain in 2010, but bounced back to become world champions in Brazil four years later. Mario Mandžukić, Ivan Perišić, and coach Zlatko Dalić star in the film England Has Fallen, which was released on July 11, 2018.

Russian Federation qualified automatically for the World Cup finals as the host country and entered the tournament as the lowest-ranked team. I think when I was a player I had a very simplistic mindset. Football is about winning as a team.

England now holds the under-17 and under-20 World Cup crowns. They have real humility.

"In many respects, there were low expectations this time that relieved the pressure, but nevertheless there was still pressure to get out of the group, pressure to win their first knockout game, pressure to win the penalty shootout. It's the same as if you were at a big club". "I don't think realistically any of us did", he said.

"The support we've had from home is vast".

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