England hailed as heroes after World Cup heartache

England hailed as heroes after World Cup heartache

BELGRADE: Croatia´s neighbours in the former Yugoslavia have largely praised the team´s surprise success in reaching the World Cup final in Russian Federation - just don´t expect the Serbian president to support them, at least for now.

The third-place match at the World Cup is often dismissed as a pointless way for Federation Internationale de Football Association to fill TV space with two teams who just want to go home.

"It was incredible considering they had just played a couple of two hour games plus penalties".

Frenchman Lloris, whose side face Croatia in the final, is favourite to win the prestigious award but whatever happens, the England keeper leaves Russian Federation recognised as one of the best in the business. Croatia were better than us, and they deserved to go through. There was no third-place match at that tournament, so Yugoslavia - made up of players from Serbian-based clubs - officially finished fourth behind the United States on goal difference.

There's still the small matter of a World Cup final of course, and we feel France are deserving favourites to win Sunday's showpiece.

He said: "It is not something I am really thinking about right now to be honest".

The game ended 1-1 in regular time, and was won with Croatia's second goal scored in extra time.

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Even a late rendition of God Save the Queen failed to rally the 8,000-strong crowd at Castlefield Bowl at the start of extra time. It said: "The more I see, the more important it is that when 'attacking this tournament" we tell our own story.

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The rest of us must also recognise how successful these players can be - those who became used to winning with the Under 21s and the age groups below that. "There's so many things to build on now and we've got to make sure we do that".

There is no problem about quality in the squad, though in an earlier column I said some of the squad would need to be sharper, aggressive. He knows England's defenders well from the Premier League and will offer a signficant test of pace and strength for a backline that played 120 minutes in the semifinals and has had one day less to rest.

"This team have taken us to a place we never thought we'd ever imagine we'd get".

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