Pitana to referee 2018 FIFA World Cup final match

Lynette Rowe
July 13, 2018

Luka Modric's men needed extra time to beat a spirited Three Lions team with a 109th minute victor from Mario Mandzukic after Kieran Trippier's early free kick was canceled out by Ivan Perisic in the second half.

Federation Internationale de Football Association will investigate chants of a "possible discriminatory" nature by England fans during their World Cup semifinal defeat by Croatia on Wednesday.

England will play Belgium in the third-place match on Saturday, so there's still a chance that Southgate and the team won't walk away totally empty-handed.

I thought playing three extra-time games in a row would catch up with Croatia but it didn't seem like it did.

Steven Gerrard says England deserve a hero's reception when they return from the World Cup and admits Gareth Southgate's men did better than his Golden Generation ever could.

Gifted a relatively soft draw by the early exit of a number of traditional World Cup superpowers, England reached the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time since Euro 1996, when Southgate was part of the team.

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England fans were crushed last night, crushed this morning, and will be crushed for some time yet. "They underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake".

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England soccer fans react after losing the semifinal match between Croatia and England.

"This is maybe one of the greatest sporting achievements of any Croatians". In a moment captured by cameras, Southgate - a former player himself who ended up managing the English national team for his first World Cup this year - shared a tender embrace with his wife, Alison, in the empty stands. "For them to still be singing when we're seeing friends and families, chanting our names and singing the manager's name, is completely different".

Kartik: Two sides very familiar with each other as the core of Belgium's squad competes in the Premier League where England's entire roster plays club football.

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