Hopes of a first final since 1966 were dashed on Wednesday after England slipped to a 2-1 loss to Croatia after extra time.

Zlatko Dalic's side beat England to reach the World Cup final for the first time in their history.

Kieran Trippier opened the scoring only 5 minutes into the first half through a brilliant free kick after Alli was brought down inches close to the penalty spot.

Croatia came close to equalize but you could feel it wasn’t their day. On the flip side, England came close again through Lingard but the midfield saw his effort wide and keep the score at 1:0 at halftime.

The second half was a bit cagey with both sides just passing the ball around. It didn’t take too long for Croatia to equalize.

Croatia’s biggest attacking threat Ivan Perisic showed scoring instincts for goal and found the back of the net to equalize in the 68th minute for Croatia.

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute, slotting in from Ivan Perisic's flick-on into the area.

Croatia, whose previous best World Cup performance was a third-place finish in 1998, face France in Moscow on Sunday.

Mark F. silveronline24 / SilverFM

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