A goal in the second half from Ivan Perisic forced extra time, and Mandzukic's strike destroyed England's dream run short, as a team that surpassed expectations and has a bright future failed to really play well after the break.
Not since the European Championships of 1996 had England reached the semi-final stage of any major football tournament and it was the first time they had made it that far in the World Cup since 1990. All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying: "'OK, today we will see who will be exhausted.' They should be more humble and respect their opponents more", he said.
Belgium will contest the World Cup third place play-off with England on Saturday and are also 8/1 (9.0) shots to win Euro 2020.
Captain Harry Kane, who leads the race for the tournament's golden boot with six goals, commented on how England have managed to get fans back on their side. A second goal for England will see them all but seal the game.
England boss Gareth Southgate - on the day that was dubbed Waistcoat Wednesday in his honour back home - named an unchanged side to face Croatia, while Zlatko Dalić surprisingly made just one change from the side that beat Russian Federation on penalties in the quarter-final, bringing in midfield Marcelo Brozović for striker Andrej Kramarić.
Its previous two games went to extra time and then emotionally draining penalty shootouts.
The Three Lions were off to a great start and were ahead just five minutes into the match, courtesy of a sensational free-kick from wing-back Kieran Trippier. I thought they played well and made it hard for us.
Some fans claim Croatia seemed to get away with a load of fouls, while England were immediately carded for lesser ones.
"It´s impossible to say anything to make the players feel better at this moment in time", he said.
England are out of the World Cup and Roy Keane is reminding everyone when they should be happy.
When asked to explain the reason behind Croatia's comeback, Dalić speaking to Sky Sports said: "Because we were the better team in all segments of the game". First of all I'm so proud of this team and staff for giving everything we could over a long period of time together. "So tonight we weren't quite there, but the team will be stronger for that".