They lost to Croatia 4-3 on penalties after extra-time ended with the sides deadlocked at 2-2 in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Saturday.
We've analysed them. They have a serious team, who deserve to have reached the quarter-final.
"Luckily I've been playing alongside him for the past 10 years and each game since he got the armband he's leading us with a great deal of power, strength and self-confidence".
In contrast for Russian Federation, who had taken the lead through another Denis Cheryshev wonder goal in the first half, there is only heartbreak as they finally go out.
"It's an adventure", said McNulty.
"I was a child - I could not go to France, but I remember in my home town in Switzerland we were all insane", said Rakitic, now 30.
"We have already achieved something big by reaching the semi-finals".
Like Gareth Southgate, Croatian boss Zlatko Dalic did not did not begin the World Cup qualifying campaign in charge of the nation. Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic has become a national hero for saving three penalties to advance Croatia past Denmark in the round of 16. "The entire country of Russian Federation is in love with us", he added. It will be a battle again but I believe in us.
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Croatia has never advanced to the championship match.
"This looks like a nation with a newfound sense of footballing confidence - and expectations for the future", said Challands.
England fans are confident they are closer than ever to regaining the World Cup.
Zlatko Dalic's side beat hosts Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties in their last-eight match in Sochi to set up an encounter with Gareth Southgate's Three Lions.
"We hope we have turned this situation for the better".
"It wasn't a lovely game, but it was a battle", Dalic said. "To score four goals is good, but if the team doesn't go forward, it's meaningless". "We don't have any chances to win this Cup and of course we are sad".
"We will have to improve on our set-piece defending between now and Wednesday as we conceded from one at the end of the game today".
But this is a player whose reputation took a battering at home before the tournament due to his implication in the multi-million-euro corruption trial of former Dinamo Zagreb chief Zdravko Mamic.
Despite increasing tensions with the West, Putin has presided over a superbly organised, relaxed and colourful tournament though this does not fool human rights groups who have consistently cautioned he is using the tournament to gloss over his authoritarian rule.