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Croatia have gone to extra-time in all three of their knockout matches, triumphing on penalties against Denmark and hosts Russian Federation before edging past England 2-1 in the semi-final.

Croats painting the town red - and white - as they go wild in celebration after their country beat England 2-1 in extra time on Wednesday to qualify for the World Cup final for the first time.

The two teams previously met in their final group stage game when both had already guaranteed a place in the last 16 - with the twist that the side who finished second would land in the easier side of the draw.

"It's enjoyable, we all love to play the game and fans love to support it".

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"We hope that a new era will start in Russian Federation, that everyone will want to play soccer", Cherchesov said.

"In terms of what we need to do, we just need to keep continually improving", Southgate said.

Pre-tournament preparation was spot on: "We chose to play friendlies against teams who would be at the World Cup and that was a great lesson for us". "We've set a standard in how we work and how we play and we want to aspire to that level every time we go out". We are all friends and I want all the best for them.

"This team have taken us to a place we never thought we'd ever imagine we'd get". And despite all 23 of his players training on Friday ahead of this match, Southgate was keeping his cards close to his chest with regards selection for Saturday.

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"I hope for fair play and a good atmosphere", she added, but did not want to predict the result. "We'll finish as one of the top four teams in the world but we're not ranked one of the top four". I think the football has brought the nation together, people are going to pubs and celebrating, and that's what football should be about.

"They've got to know the players a little bit better and realised the perception is different from the reality. I wish him all the luck in the world". "I don't think realistically any of us did", he said.

"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're at a big club".

Outside the football stadiums, social media was another ground for the "It Is Coming Home" frenzy, as people took to hashtags and viral videos to express their support or "non-support" as the case may be for the Three Lions stride for World Cup glory.

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