"We know their set-pieces are risky, they have scored seven times from them, but we have no reason to be nervous, we are relieved of any pressure and are here to enjoy ourselves", he said.
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England's hopes of making the World Cup final came to an end last night as the Three Lions slipped to a 2-1 extra time defeat to Croatia in the Luzhniki Stadium.
"We're immensely privileged to be in the World Cup final", France coach Didier Deschamps said. "We have a very strong collective and Croatia also have some big individual talents at the service of the team too". This shows character and is what makes me proud.
"Now we have a new benchmark, a new level of expectation".
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The former Manchester City and Liverpool forward posted an Instagram story of him watching the game with a friend, and the final picture he posted conveyed a message to the England fans who he accused of spoiling his two spells in the Premier League.
There is still work to be done and finding a way to create more chances from open play looks chief among Southgate's tasks.
Umtiti said: "I've known him for many years, he's always been a leader, he has that in him. We felt we were good enough but have fallen just a bit short". There's a long way for us to go.
Croatian players competed for Yugoslavia between 1945 and 1990 and the modern Croatian FA was not recognised by Federation Internationale de Football Association and UEFA until 1993.
"It hurts, it'll hurt for a while, but we can hold our heads up high".
"But we've won a lot of matches that historically England haven't won. But from the second half onwards we played much better, and we showed our real standard", said Perisic.