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

Tanya Simon
July 13, 2018

Croatia, on the other hand, have made their first ever final since their existence as a nation and coach Zlatko Dalic will be hoping to go one step further and win it, having eclipsed the team's best ever World Cup record.

England have been eliminated from the World Cup right at the penultimate stage, and Croatia are now through to Sunday's finals instead.

Fans across England have hailed Gareth Southgate and his players for a stirring World Cup journey, after their heartbreaking semi-final defeat.

A day earlier, France beat Belgium 1-0 to secure its spot in the final.

ENGLAND face Belgium in the World Cup third-place play-off on Saturday, but who will start? 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.

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In the seaside city of Split, fans wearing red and white checked Croatian shirts gathered in the bars, cafes and squares in the late afternoon sun, singing songs in anticipation of the night ahead.

I said this in the group stages and I'm thinking, quarter-finals England will get knocked out. We will want to give a performance of huge pride.

"We had hoped (for this) and we believed in our team, but the feeling when we finally entered the finals can not be compared to anything", said Ivan Kecerin, 41.

Pitana returned to Brazil in 2016 for the Olympic Football Tournament, where he was the man in the middle for the semi-final between Germany and Nigeria. "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. Extra time, I knew it was on the cards we weren't going to win that".

"Of course it is going to be a really hard task over the next 24 hours to assess everybody and to get everybody mentally back to where we want them for a game like that".

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