Fred reveals his disappointment at Brazil's World Cup quarter-final exit

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Croatia's strength of character will serve them well in the World Cup final against France, their coach and players said after they came from behind for the third straight knockout match to beat England on Wednesday.

But Real Madrid star Modric could prove the difference as Croatia aim to go one step further than Suker's class of 1998 and reach the World Cup final when they meet England in the semis tomorrow in Moscow.

But they're out, leaving the odd quartet of France, Belgium, Croatia and England.

Croatia now advances to face France in the finals on Sunday.

"It's fantastic, we're so excited", said Christopher Tomas, owner of the Croatian Corner deli, of Croatia's win.

However, despite Croatia's Manager admitting his side were exhausted after going to penalties two games in a row, Zlatko Dalic said "there will be no excuses".

"Nobody could be any happier than me to play the final against France", the 29-year-old said.

The criminal case hasn't affected Croatia's progress to its first World Cup semifinal in 20 years, despite Modric being charged with perjury in March. "We all know what was at stake and how important a semi-final is for a small country like Croatia", said Perisic. That made it back-to-back shootouts for Croatia following its narrow win over Denmark in the round of 16.

Team official and former global Ognjen Vukojevic was expelled from the delegation for making a pro-Ukraine video with defender Domagoj Vida. "I think we can do that successfully", Southgate state. The game will be played at Luzhniki Stadium. Martinez hopes to succeed where they failed by employing a two-year process to ensure "this is a team, this is not a group of individuals". "They have just displayed the qualities they have, that is all". Modric said. "It's a World Cup, it's not about other things".

Samuel Umtiti headed the only goal in a 1-0 semi-final win over Belgium in Saint Petersburg on Wednesday (AEST), consigning the Red Devils "golden generation" to another bitter defeat. 'To be fair, we've had some good sportsmen like [Goran] Ivanisevic in tennis, he won Wimbledon, basketball is huge and we were good. Fred will have to put the disappointment of not playing and not reaching behind the final behind him, enjoy a three week holiday, and return to Manchester ready to make an impact.