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The Italy striker has had the last laugh after England crashed out in the semi-finals of the World Cup, leaving France and Croatia to contest Sunday's final.

Southgate's men took the lead in the fifth minute via a sublime Kieran Trippier free kick, and dominated the game for the vast majority of the first-half.

Meanwhile, Croatia, who dashed England's hopes of a World Cup final spot, are the "dark horse", the research found, while "dominate" and "impress" were also frequently used in connection with the team.

Zlatko Dalic said that dealing with the prospect of facing France in the World Cup final on Sunday would wait as Croatia celebrated an historic first appearance in football's showpiece event. That felt so good for us here in Russian Federation, and united us more and more, just like it did in our country.

Croatia's coach back in 1998, Miroslav "Ciro" Blazevic, and current coach Zlatko Dalic have a strong relationship that goes back a long way.

Asked why his side had won, Dalic said: "Because we were the better team in all segments of the game".

Gareth Southgate consoles England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford at the end of the semifinal in Moscow.

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"The dressing room is a very hard place at the moment".

"I am in contact with Ciro, I want him to come (for the final), I want them all (France 98′ team) to come", Dalic told Nova TV, before adding.

Not only was it his second of the match but it gave England the vital three points they needed to get off to a good start.

Defender Kyle Walker tweeted that he had "never felt so gutted" but said he wanted people to remain positive.

The two sides must pick themselves up and dust themselves down after suffering the crushing disappointment of semi-final defeats to play for the modest prize of third place in a fixture often criticised as pointless.

England had only ever played there once (a 2-1 defeat to Russian Federation back in 2007), and it seems like the curse / losing streak is destined to continue for the time being.

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