Steve McManaman shared his World Cup knockout predictions after the group stage

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"All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying: 'OK, today we will see who will be exhausted.' They should be more humble and respect their opponents more".

England have not only talked the talk in Russian Federation but walked the walk, leaving Gareth Southgate's men preparing to face Croatia on Wednesday for a place in Sunday's Luzhniki Stadium finale.

In light of the heartbreak, Prince William took to Twitter to commend the England team, writing: "I know how disappointed England must feel right now but I couldn't be more proud of this team and you should hold your heads high".

Matt Reece, 25, who works in marketing, said England had far outperformed the low expectations of them when the tournament began.

France and Croatia are due to go head-to-head in Moscow on Sunday afternoon in the 2018 World Cup final.

"It's felt like a good holiday we've been on, and we're enjoying every moment of it".

"A couple of weeks ago, I would have taken this result", said one man in a red England shirt who declined to give his name. "Fans, staff, players, everyone can see how well we click together". We've left everything out there.

"I don't think realistically we expected to be here".

Croatian team had previously come third in the 1998 World Cup, which is the same year when France won their first world cup.

But one of the most viral images from the tournament came after England's loss to Croatia 2-1 in a semifinal match Wednesday in Russian Federation.

"We have two days to prepare". They produced a Herculean effort to get over the line against England at the Luzhniki Stadium, but may have to go the distance again to see off this brilliant French side. Look at the other teams they'll be up against.

'But in extra-time we came back into the game, showed composure and the biggest thing is the supporters at the end, the reaction.

"You've brought belief and the love of football back".

"We felt that and now they have done twice so it could play a major advantage".

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