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Since their dream run to the last four in 1998, their first tournament as an independent nation, Croatia have failed to get past the group stage, with every subsequent failing team being compared unfavorably with the heroes of France.

The French beat Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday to book their spot in the final, giving them one more day of rest ahead of Sunday's showcase match at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

But! - as anyone who has ever washed down bad ket with lukewarm Stella knows - football is coming home. Harry Kane & Co. will deal with the same disappointment that felled Shearer and Platt, Gazza and Wazza, Beckham and Gerrard. Fubo TV also offers three days of auto recording and 30 hours of Cloud DVR service in case you can't watch the England Croatia game immediately. Croatia looked a little vulnerable in the second half against Denmark and then conceded a set-piece against Russian Federation.

England were 22 minutes from the World Cup final, until their faltering game plan was finally punished by Perisic and Croatia, but they only have themselves to blame for being in the position to lose this game. Perisic shifted the ball on to his left foot and smashed a shot across Pickford. A fizzed low cross from Perisic was met by the advancing Mandzukic, but Pickford came out bravely and deflected the ball wide with the outside of his leg.

Mandzukic was mobbed by teammates, who jumped on him in the corner and trapped photographers under them in the crush.

It was his first goal for his country, England's 12th of the tournament and ninth from a set-piece, but they should have added more from open play as they revelled in the space they were being given in the first half.

Croatia: Subasic 6, Vrsaljko 8, Vida 7, Lovren 8, Strinic 7, Rakitic 8, Modric 8, Rebic 7, Brozovic 7, Perisic 7, Mandzukic 8.

And yet, that's where England ultimately lost the game and missed their chance to make a first World Cup final since 1966.

Gareth Southgate's England had made it to the last four by playing a brand of progressive passing football and there was enough of that in the opening 45 minutes, after Kieran Trippier's fifth-minute goal, to keep them comfortably on top.

England had a good chance to double their lead in the 62nd minute but Raheem Stirling was disposed inside the six-yard box. His chief task on Wednesday will be to limit the space afforded to the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard and Kieran Trippier, who have opened up rival defences in Russian Federation with their clever runs and interplay.

Henderson has been key to England's success in Russian Federation so far with his calm and precise distribution as well as a willingness to protect the back three.

Croatia have an experienced squad and will go into the match with the belief of going the distance.

Vrsaljko cleared a John Stones header away from in front of the line, but England had Pickford to thank for a brilliant save as Mandzukic connected with a devilish Perisic cross.



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