Cars and vans drove through the streets with Croatian flags stretched tightly across their bonnets, honking their horns at each other as workers clocked out for the day early and headed home to watch the game. He missed the knockout stages as he had to rush back to his then Croatian club Hajduk Split for pre-season training.
Ashley Young has expressed his dismay at missing out on playing in the World Cup final following Wednesday night's semi-final defeat to Croatia. Stones was caught flat-footed as Mario Mandzukic, who was injured in the first overtime and nearly didn't return, turned on the ball and fired it past Pickford for the victor in the 109th minute.
"Of course, everybody in Croatia remembers (Lilian) Thuram, the 2-1 (loss)". It still took them eight years to win, but that's got to be our ambition. "The chance to settle a score".
Despite their disappointment at failing to reach their first final in 52 years, the manager says he wants his team to end their tournament on a high and beat Belgium in the third-place play-off.
"We had hoped [for this] and we believed in our team, but the feeling when we finally entered the finals can not be compared to anything", said Croatia fan Ivan Kecerin.
Even a late rendition of God Save the Queen failed to rally the 8,000-strong crowd at Castlefield Bowl at the start of extra time. But it was England that looked exhausted as the game went on.
It was a tactical switch from Dalic that resulted in the equaliser. They've made so many breakthroughs throughout the tournament.
"He's captained the team brilliantly", Southgate said of Kane.
"People were talking... English journalists, pundits from television", Modric told ITV. One of them would rather be born in Croatia.
"We were saying, "OK, today we will see who will be tired".
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As on Wednesday after the match, Dalic pointed out that Croatia did not have a stadium suitable to host England in the new Nations League later this year, an issue that he viewed as proof of the extraordinary feat he had orchestrated. It is not a game we wanted to be in. "We restored some pride back into the shirt, which was an important thing for us to do".