Croatia can cause a massive upset but France are favorites as Moscow basked in sweltering summer sun and the world's spotlight on the big day of the World Cup final. The contribution of Suker, who finished as the tournament's top scorer, sticks in the memory but he was not the only one to impress.
This is despite the Three Lions defying pre-tournament expectations and reaching the last four of a World Cup for the first time in nearly 30 years. By the time the next World Cup comes around, some of the players will be well into their thirties and Gareth Southgate will already be looking at adding some fresh blood to his ranks.
England captain Harry Kane is now be nearly certain to finish the World Cup as the tournament's top scorer, but former Three Lions boss Sam Allardyce reckons the Spurs striker cost his Country the chance to secure a place in the final against France.
"It goes to show we're deserved finalists, we want to show the world we play as one and we'll leave everything on the pitch".
"I hope that today we will manage to overcome everything and all footballers will be able to play [tomorrow]".
"I think they're physically in a very good place".
"In the end we are very proud of what we've done".
"Win or lose tomorrow there will be a seismic event (in Croatia)".
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However, while France may have that favourites tag, nobody dares tell this Croatian team they they will not win the World Cup . The betting markets seem to have accounted for these additional factors and tipped the balance further in favour of France .
"Today is the seventh game in a short period of time, and we've had incredible physical demands and emotional demands on the least experienced team in the tournament", Southgate said when put to him that the striker looked exhausted.
He said "We have to focus on the game".
"We are in the World Cup final, that was the influence of the coach", the 32-year-old said. "Hopefully there will be four mn people out on the streets celebrating".
"I'm proud of my team-mates in the way we've dealt with things and I'm proud of the fans too".
"But we've had a wonderful adventure and some experiences that will stand this group of players and staff in really good stead for the future".
"It's been proper teamwork, I think, that people have felt in previous tournaments has been lacking".
"And we have to just constantly try to evolve and improve, and I feel that we continue to do that as a team".
"We want to play for each other - and we want to play for this manager".