The Croatian players were quick to tend to Cortez.
Not after they conquered their shootout demons against Colombia in the Round of 16, and not after Southgate and his staff went to great lengths to ensure his players would embrace the tiebreaker if England got the opportunity to change its luck.
The Croatia defender Domagoj Vida added to the long-standing tensions with a video that was released of him shouting "Glory to Ukraine", after his team had put Russian Federation out on penalties in the quarter-final.
Saric said that he and his community will celebrate the win with a big barbeque right behind the Fifth Avenue garage at which they all gather to watch the games, the same way they've celebrated every previous victory for Team Croatia this year.
Matt Reece, 25, who works in marketing, said England had far outperformed the low expectations of them when the tournament began.
In the end, it was not to be, though amid the disappointment there was also a feeling that the tournament was still something to savour, the first such World Cup for a long time.
The Croatians had enough left in the tank to put away England, but France have been the strongest team in the tournament.
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He added; "I think it's going to be very tight, Croatia are not going to be a pushover, by any means". If I'm honest, I don't think there are many England players who would get into this Croatian team.
Southgate - whose stock has risen as England have impressed in Russian Federation - has been wearing a trademark waistcoat throughout the World Cup.
As more players piled on, they crashed into the photographers.
"Croatia came on strong and they have some outstanding players and some huge experience".
But England has not been in the final since 1966, when it won its only World Cup title.
"We deserved to reach the final".
Harry Kane confirmed his reputation as a striker of high quality and John Stones looks to be developing into the class act so many have expected for so long.
England must now rouse themselves for the finale of the third-placed play-off against Belgium in St Petersburg on Saturday.
During the day England fans were planning the best and least expensive way to get hold of a ticket for the final.