He said in reference to the song "Three Lions" - which fans have been singing in the hope that the team will win the trophy: "One day, It will come home".
"I believe in the players we have in the system and I'm optimistic about the future". "I have some free space on my forehead." he said.
The four-time Champions League victor was asked about the Balkan wars - "I don't want to dwell on that" - and having been branded too small to be a footballer - "those words were an extra motivation for me".
Barcelona midfielder Rakitic then spoke deeply about the team's unity and togetherness, claiming that the team have a special bond.
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"It's been a really successful journey, but in football you need to look forward and look to improve with the next opportunity we have". Joy, togetherness unity, pride. "I can't fault the lads, we gave it everything". If there was a stadium big enough for 4.5m people, it would be full. When you put the sacred Croatia shirt on you become another person.
While Southgate was proud of his young team's achievement, he said they were under no "illusions" about where they stand in world football. We are exceptional in tennis, handball, basketball, water polo.
Its fascist football fans have brought shame on the nation at each of the last four major tournaments, while even one of Modric's team-mates has managed to do so here, with Domagoj Vida escaping further action having been warned over footage of him taunting Russian Federation after Croatia's quarter-final win.
Back home Sir Geoff Hurst, the 1966 World Cup final hat-trick hero, said: "We should be proud of our boys".
One of Croatia's best preserved ancient monuments will open at 3 pm on Sunday with regular security controls at the entrance while traffic will be stopped in the surrounding streets.