"The biggest pressure came against Denmark in the round of 16 (which also went to extra-time and a penalty shootout)".
Neither team came to Russian Federation being heralded as favourites but they have produced performances throughout the competition which have shown they were underestimated by the pundits.
They now they have the chance to use their tactical intelligence and mental strength against a formidable France team on Sunday. "The higher the level of opponent, if you press in a disorganized fashion, then you will get picked through and we have got to be conscious of that", he said.
"Semi-finals, they've done what they had to do, they took us to the semi-finals. It is a game that is very evenly matched, we know what we want to do and we have to focus on our preparation and make sure that we control the controllables as we have attempted to do for every game", the manager said.
While familiar faces in the world of football shared their immediate thoughts, Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton declared himself "inspired" by the team's effort.
Alas, a second-half goal by Croatia sent the game into extra time and Mario Mandzukic's extra time victor put the Croatians into the final against France and relegated England to the third-place game.
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England continued to look strong at the start of the second half and Kane almost got on the end of a terrific cross on the volley by Trippier.
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Perisic leaped to meet Sime Vrsaljko's curling cross with his left foot and hit it past Jordan Pickford in the 68th minute. Perisic was mightily unlucky not to add to his tally when his angled shot beat Pickford but cannoned off the post.
Despite all the talk of England's placement on the "easier" side of the playoff tree, or the fact that they appear to rely on set-pieces for a large percentage of goals, the fact remains that they are in a World Cup semi-finals, a position they would have grasped with both hands at the onset of Russian Federation 2018.
They attempted to scramble a quick second as Croatia processed their early setback, Sterling haring after balls over the top three times in the next five minutes - each time narrowly failing to go clear.
"This is a miracle".
"England we're proud of you, that's all I've got to say".
"That will help us, but the chances are 50-50, I believe, because everybody deserves to be at the semi-final". We were happy, you weren't happy for us to be happy at that time, ' Wright said. "There's a lot we could have done better".
Although, England lead Croatia in the head to head Croatia sure know how to beat England in crucial encounters with their famous win in Wembley over the Three Lions denying them a Euro 2008 berth fresh in the minds of people.
"We are just going to stick with what we have been doing all the way through".