This is how people in north Essex reacted during England's semi-final

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"The fans are excited to watch us play and that's how we have to keep progressing", added Kane.

"Croatia in World Cup finals! We all know what was at stake and how important a semi-final is for a small country like Croatia", said Perisic. I think England have got a really strong team this year, they are all so young and when you're young, you just go for it and don't worry. I felt something unusual and, after discussion with doctors, we decided I should go off.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic with skipper Luka Modric during their extra-time win over England.

Harry Kane says England restored pride during their run to the World Cup semi-finals and can use the tournament as a springboard for sustained success for a talented young generation. "I feel disappointed but proud".

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time - which has already played host to headliners in Roger Waters and The Cure - announced they would be screening the match to 30,000 lucky England fans who registered for a ballot.

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Indeed, the former defender is thrilled to witness the country unite behind his side during a tumultuous political period, with Brexit causing uncertainty and division across much of England and Britain. The last time England won the World Cup was in 1966, when they won the tournament in their own backyard.

Southgate said playing regularly in big matches was a key stage of development for his players and that the way they dropped away in the second half was perhaps a result of their inexperience. I thought it would be more of a test than this.

However, the biggest concern looking ahead to Sunday´s game is bound to be fatigue, with Croatia having also required extra time and penalties to come through ties against Denmark and hosts Russian Federation in the past two weeks.

The victor today advances to Sunday's final against France.

England's players, like the stars of the Italia 90 semi-final penalty shootout defeat to West Germany before them, now face a third place play-off against Belgium but it is unclear how many fans will remain behind to cheer them on to the very end.