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AFTER THEIR extra-time defeat by Croatia, Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore has paid tribute to the England team for having reached their first FIFA World Cup semi-finals in 28 years.

Gareth Southgate believes England's remarkable run to the World Cup semi-finals has not only showcased homegrown talent but struck a blow for the country's coaches.

Perhaps the most interesting decision, though, relates to six-goal striker Harry Kane, who leads the Golden Boot race and was among eight changes when England's reserves lost 1-0 to Belgium's back-ups in the Group G finale last month.

'They're on their way to being top players but they're not there yet but we can see we're progressing and really heading in the right direction'.

"We hope that a new era will start in Russian Federation, that everyone will want to play soccer", Cherchesov said.

All fans were happy their country playing a sport they say put them on the map. "In terms of mentality, it's been a really hard couple of days for us", he said. "We've set a standard in how we work and how we play and we want to aspire to that level every time we go out".

Regarding the expectations of the Croatians for the success of their selection at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, he indicated that "I know what our people expect, how many people love Croatian football and our team". "So, we'll try and get the team that is best able to do the job".

"I don't know (if he wants to play)", England boss Southgate said of a striker now leading the scoring charts with six goals.

"We were motivated irrespective of that". "There's a culture that exists now that when we come together, we expect every new player to follow".

Regardless of the result, England have already had a far more successful tournament than anyone saw coming and managed to unite the country behind the team for, arguably, the first time in decades. I don't think anyone could have given any more. They have real humility. "I wish him all the luck in the world".

"If I was in charge of the FA, there would be no doubt that I would keep Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland and give them the chance to take the team to the next Euros and the next World Cup".

"We know where we are", he said. "It's the same as if you're at a big club".

Croatia have been involved in 3 consecutive extra time sessions in their previous games.

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