With Trippier and Ashley Young under pressure, England's midfield began to be stretched with Jordan Henderson taking on an unmanageable workload and Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli more preoccupied with helping out the defenders than asking questions of Croatia's backline.
Ecstatic Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is confident tiredness will not be an issue for his side despite once again coming through extra time to beat England on Wednesday after the same extended show against Denmark and host Russian Federation.
- Before losing 1-0 to Belgium at this year's World Cup, England had lost just one of the teams' previous 21 meetings (W15 D5). We are focused on ourselves.
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Belgium and England will meet in the third-place match of the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.
"But we will do that and we'll make sure we are ready as a group to go again because the group have huge pride in their performances, in the way that they work".
With such a modest population, they are the smallest country to get to a World Cup final since Uruguay back in 1950.
Piers Morgan said: "OK, I've stopped wailing". "I think he has been the player of the tournament regardless of the result on Sunday". "Everyone is born with it, we have good players, and I believe they will bring the cup home, but we'll see on Monday morning at 3 o'clock".
Playing for England no longer about misery, regret, recrimination. It said: "The more I see, the more important it is that when 'attacking this tournament" we tell our own story. We've had success at youth level. what we've done over the last few weeks has shown people what is possible, and we've got to use it as a springboard to consistently reach the latter stages of tournaments.