We left everything out there, says England manager Southgate


But the success of Southgate's side, with England reaching their first World Cup semi-final since 1990, brought a feel good vibe to the country.

Nevertheless, the prime minister is eager to host a Downing Street reception in the team's honour when they return from Russian Federation and will discuss the matter with the Football Association.

Speaking to reporters a day after his side's historic win, Dalic said: "There is always some extra motivation and we always respect our opponents". 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.

It is the first time ever at a World Cup that England will face the same team on two occasions.

Jubilation at an early goal for England in the World Cup semifinal against Croatia turned to disappointment for supporters Wednesday when Croatia equalized and then scored a second goal in the 109th minute.

"It's massive that we had a good tournament and restored pride in the nation".

The victory sparked wild celebrations in Croatia, where tens of thousands of fans poured onto the streets and squares, singing, letting off flares and waving red-white-and-blue flags.

"The players have to go through big matches and experiences to become a team that can win".

Harry Kane looks set to claim the Golden Boot as the World Cup´s leading scorer, but the Tottenham star rarely looked like adding to his six goals against Croatia.

But with 90 minutes left of the campaign, squad players, who Southgate accepts have been patient for their chance, are pushing to be involved from the start.

"He ran out of steam a little bit in extra-time, but he's absolutely given everything for club and country and I think he's had a fantastic season".

"He´s captained the team brilliantly over the tournament and I can´t ask for more from him".

"Any time I get an opportunity to play for England, I want to do that. It´s too easy to move on quickly".

While Southgate appeared in a serious mood in training, players were seen playing small games where one player would look to chase and tag another.

"It's going to hurt for a while of course. That will be the challenge".