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Dele Alli and striker Danny Welbeck

The 2018 World Cup final will be decided when France battles Croatia on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.

Kieran Trippier couldn't hold back the tears as he realised England's World Cup dream was over.

And, specifically for the crowds back in England, it was a chance to fling all those pints of beer high overhead.

Croatia fans celebrate at the end of the semifinal match between Croatia and England, in Zagreb.

England had not reached the final four of the World Cup in 28 years, but are now just two games away from winning only their second major title.

"England we're proud of you, that's all I've got to say".

Croatia stunned England in the 109th minute of the first extra time period when Mario Mandzukic slipped behind the defense and poked a shot past the keeper to put his team up 2-1 for good. "Until last night, when all the pain was removed and when we finally experienced a revival of 1998", the Sportski Novosti newspaper said after that match.

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"But I don't think when people look at the experience and the last 18 months that we were expected to be in the semi-finals of a World Cup".

Now, finally, there is a team ready to join them in Croatian football's pantheon of heroes.

Mia Šetula, a Croatian student at Bournemouth University, admitted she will be cheering for England's opponents tonight.

"This team have taken us to a place that we never thought we would get", Neville said at full-time.

Despite a valiant effort, the team will come home without the Jules Rimet trophy after losing the semi final 2-1 to Croatia. Taking to Instagram to share a throwback picture of her man, the mum-of-one said: "This feels like yesterday..." Croatia was 6/4. Odds Shark had France as -210 to win the final and Croatia +185.

The Croatians went into Russian Federation as the 20th-ranked team in the world, but in particular their midfield talents of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic meant they were fancied by many as dark horses for a decent run.

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