Prince William's heartfelt message to England squad after World Cup dreams end

Heather Diaz
July 13, 2018

"Then they suddenly realised that I was underneath them", said Mexico City-based Cortez.

At the very least, Belgium and England will be able to really go at it this time around. This may have been an extra motivating factor for us. But that's football. Maybe those things spurred us on but we were already sufficiently motivated to try to make the final and make our people happy.

"Of course, we want to win, we'll be ready to go again because the team take great pride in their performances".

"But we showed again that we we not exhausted, we dominated the game physically, mentally, in all aspects". The players accepted the criticism they received, they took it on board and improved.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the final set to be played at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

"What our players did today, the strength they've shown, the stamina, the energy levels ..." Termed as one of the "dark horses" at the start of the tournament in Russia, the side led by midfielder Luka Modric have gone past the likes of Denmark, Russia and England to seal a spot in the final against France. "He's win everything with his club but not with the national team; it would put the seal on his playing career".

However, the biggest concern looking ahead to Sunday's game is bound to be fatigue, with Croatia having required extra-time for a third consecutive match, meaning they have played the equivalent of one match more than France. It's extremely tough on my players.

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"The first half was not good for us".

"France stopped us in the semi-finals in 1998".

"Two years ago it was tough", said one of the returnees, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

'Had we conceded for a second time it would have been very hard to come back.

"I know everything about Croatia, I have lived the country intensely in all my life, since its history on all the sports of the country".

"FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a Federation Internationale de Football Association event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration", a Federation Internationale de Football Association spokesman said.

"This was our problem for 10 years, we had great individuals but no unity and that's why I had to build that unity of goal in the team".

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