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Gareth Southgate dismisses claim Harry Kane played with injury against Croatia

12 July 2018

On Wednesday, Croatia earned its spot in the finals for the first time.

"All played out": Southgate hugs Pickford amid the mass of gloomy England players and staff, but the i Paper sport section leads on Kane's words rallying his teammates to use the experience as fuel for future tournaments. As soon as the ball hit the net, footage of the crowd shows the ensuing celebration - including a veritable fog of beer spritzing everyone as fans splashed their beverages in the air in unfettered jubilation.

England should have been two or three goals to the good as they dominated the game for an hour.

A win for England would help erase World Cup futility.

A packed stadium provided an intense World Cup atmosphere for the game, after thousands of England and Croatia fans had flown into the Russian capital. Suddenly, England looked like the exhausted ones.

England take on Croatia in the World Cup this evening.

In the end, neither Croatia nor England was expected to make it this deep into the tournament, but here they are and France is waiting.

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Djokovic proceeded through to the last eight by beating Russian Karen Khachanov , however, the match did not start until 7pm. Roger Federer , meanwhile, comfortably defeated Adrian Mannarino in a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory to reach the quarterfinal stage.

"No way will they have such an easy route next time".

Southgate's success has seen sales of waistcoats soar in Britain since the start of the World Cup last month, according to one retailer.

"Heroes" There's plenty of sympathy in defeat from The Mirror, which offsets the image of Jamie Vardy and Dele Alli crouched on the turf at the final whistle with the message, "We're proud of you all". "They are a top-drawer team with fantastic players. I will get more attention and it won't be easy to go out for meals if I am in certain places but it won't change my view on the world or the things I attempt to do". They won their first World Cup penalty shoot-out.

After tonight's result, England now face Belgium on Saturday for the second time this tournament - this time in the not so exciting third-place play-off.

This is often the World Cup's unwanted game and there is every chance, certainly as far as England is concerned, this will be used to give opportunities to those who have been so loyal in the shadows in Russian Federation. It could be a repeat of that under-strength group game that brought a Belgian victory.

It could also be the final act in the battle for the Golden Boot between Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku.

During the day England fans were planning the best and least expensive way to get hold of a ticket for the final.

Gareth Southgate dismisses claim Harry Kane played with injury against Croatia