Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has expressed delight after his side brushed aside England in the semi final of the World Cup tobsecure their first ever spot in the competition’s finals.

Kieran Trippier gave the Three Lions the lead after just five minutes in Moscow but Ivan Perisic equalised in second half and Mario Mandzukic struck in extra time to edge the Croats in front and into the final.

The victory ensured Croatia reached the World Cup final for the first time, where they will take on France on Sunday in a repeat of the 1998 semi-final. Croatia lost that encounter 2-1 before going on to secure bronze – until Wednesday their best performance at a global finals.

Asked about facing France, Dalic said:“We’ve entered the final today. We’re going to celebrate, to rest and then we will prepare for France. We’re facing another daunting task, but it’s going to be a fantastic match.

“We are ready for it. I am sure everybody will enjoy watching that match. I have huge respect for France.”

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