It looked the correct decision as England controlled the first half at the Luzhniki Stadium, but by the time fatigue had set in heading into extra-time, questions were raised over Southgate's selection and system.
Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic scored the victor in the 109th minute, sweeping home a left-foot shot after England had allowed him too much space in the penalty box.
"Until they scored [the equaliser] we were always under cosh", Kane said. I don't think realistically we expected to be here, but once you're here and played as well as we did, you want to take those opportunities in life, ' the England boss said. The Croatian National team came from behind and upset favored England 2-to-1 in a semifinal match decided in extra time on Wednesday in Moscow.
"There's a lot we could have done better".
In the 1998 semi-final, two Lilian Thuram goals won the match for France and that was the furthest the Vatreni had gone in the World Cup.
Croatia were always considered dark horses for the World Cup, and they lived up to that tag by reaching the final in Russian Federation.
"We showed again that we were not exhausted, we dominated the game physically, mentally in all aspects".
"I have been in sport in different areas for long enough to know what my life is day to day".
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Steve Daines suggested that Jon Huntsman, the USA ambassador to Russian Federation , should be highly involved in the discussions. Trump has several times assailed Germany for not spending a large enough proportion of its gross domestic product on defense.
Despite the much-vaunted attack of teenager Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, France's defense proved the difference as they shut down Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku and they showed they will be hard to beat on Sunday.
As well as scoring, Perisic also hit the post for the second straight game and set up Mandzukic's victor, heading a poor clearance toward the Juventus striker to score.
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric also pulled the strings cleverly in midfield and when the disappointment fades for England they might take consolation from the fact they were beaten by a technically gifted side.
Mario Mandzukic wheels away after scoring the winning goal in Wednesday's semifinal between Croatia and England. Lingard failed to connect with a Kane through ball in 78th, Kane miss-hit a header off a free kick in stoppage time, and Stones' header from a corner was cleared off the line by Vrsaljko in the 99th.
"I was lying in bed finding the strength to play and it was worth it".
Several fans messaged Balotelli threats ahead of Sunday's final and the Nice forward responded on Instagram.
But he is yet to fully convince and win the trust of everyone, and is still susceptible to occasional errors, highlighted by his stray pass that allowed Russian Federation a chance to go clear on goal in the closing minutes of the quarter-final.