Argentina's Nestor Pitana to referee World Cup final

Argentina's Nestor Pitana to referee World Cup final

The match on Sunday will be the first time Croatia plays in the tournament's final, and comes after it beat out England earlier this week. Roberto Martinez was surprisingly conservative in his tactical decisions, leaving his side too static to break down such a stern France defence.

Gareth Southgate has been urged to push for an unprecedented bronze medal and finish England's World Cup campaign with a flourish. But that's football. Maybe those things spurred us on but we were already sufficiently motivated to try to make the final and make our people happy. Another favourite is the current Croatian winger Ante Rebic. This was highly successful because it forced England's wing-backs deeper, turning the 3-5-2 into a 5-3-2.

Croatia have now played the equivalent of a whole match more than Didier Deschamps' team ahead of Sunday's final in the Russian capital but must gird themselves for one final push for glory.

Tiredness was clearly a factor, and partially explains why Dele Alli didn't close down the decisive cross in the 68 minute, but sticking with the same formation was England's biggest problem.

Now Suker is the much-criticised president of the Croatian Football Federation. Instead, the inexperienced England manager simply watched on.

Some fans were simply overjoyed England are out, while others were relieved that they can now enjoy a final between France and Croatia.

While the Three Lions finished fourth at Italia 90, England's women came third at the World Cup in 2015 and striker Eni Aluko responded to Shearer's comments on Twitter, replying: 'I am sure they'll change their minds on the importance of the game if/when they get a bronze medal. But I have no star either although there is one on my shirt. The striker, rendered ineffective by Croatia, has declared himself fit, though the personal trophy would not compensate for the disappointment endured in Wednesday's semi-final. "They have (Mario) Mandzukic, (Ivan) Rakitic and (Ivan) Perisic", Pogba said. He played the game with great maturity.

But the 51-year-old Dalic had a largely unremarkable playing career before switching to coaching in his native Croatia.