England's next match against Croatia will be played behind-closed-doors

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After the game, Luka Modric was interviewed by ITV and he made his feelings about the English media very clear.

Meanwhile, the final will be played on Sunday, July 15 between France and Croatia (kick-off at 17:00 SA time).

A peak audience of 1.05 million in Wales tuned in for England's World Cup semi-final defeat against Croatia.

Kevin Trippier curled in a free kick in the fifth minute.

Mario Mandzukic scores the extra-time victor in the 109th minute to break English hearts.

For England, who captured so many hearts with their run to the semifinals, there will be the same disappointment that has haunted them at big tournaments across the world for 52 years. and counting. The latest JOE World Cup Minipod hosted by Dion Fanning and Paddy McKenna is here.

While Croatian players, who have been asked constantly about the generation of 1998 and never fail to express their admiration for the likes of Zvonimir Boban and Davor Suker, those comparisons are a weight they feel is unneeded. And England simply trailed off in the second half when it had just 30 per cent of the ball while Croatia cranked up their game.

Loud cheers rang out after each goal, fans waved the red, white and blue national flag, and after the final whistle Croatian TV showed wild celebrations breaking out in towns and cities.

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Croatia beat England 2-1 on Wednesday in the World Cup semi-finals, earning a trip to the final in a first in the country's history.

"There was a spell in the second half when they got the goal and their tails were really up and we had to weather the storm and lost our way a little bit".

Liverpool's Lovren is set to come up against Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane when Croatia and England meet on Wednesday.

Only Neymar and Kevin De Bruyne have rivalled Trippier in terms of chances created at the World Cup, and the Tottenham defender produced his champagne moment of a breakout tournament for the 27-year-old with England's opening goal.

Ivan Perisic tied the score in the 68th minute.

"We are playing a strong team [France], for sure, with top players". When you have spells, you have to make them count. We should have killed the game before extra time, but this is an wonderful achievement for us, a dream come true.

"After the experiences of the matches with Colombia and Sweden and the whole thing, it's probably beyond where we thought we might be able to go, so tonight in the end, we weren't quite there".

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