The final blow was inflected when striker Mario Mandzukic put the Croatians 2-1 ahead in the 109th minute to send them through to the final.
To celebrate the unprecedented win, the entire Croatian cabinet swapped their usual formal dress for football jerseys during their session in the Croatian capital the following day.
The victory of captain Luka Modric's side is "Croatia's biggest promotion", said the prime minister.
Gerrard, who made it to the quarter-final in 2006, said: 'I'm gutted for the players and I'm gutted for Gareth because, as everyone knows, it was an incredible opportunity to go to a World Cup final.
In capital Zagreb, more than 10,000 people gathered in the central square to watch the match despite rain.
Both Sterling and Kane were targeted as England's main threats and fan thought they were given a rough ride.
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A swastika became visible on the field of the closed-doors match, caused by a chemical agent put in the grass at Poljud Stadium. Perhaps, two years from now, the Three Lions will have some big winners of their own to match the Croatians' tenacity.
Jim said: 'When we arrived in Repino a month ago, this was on my bed.
Croatia, a small east European nation of just 40 lakh population, became the lowest ranked team ever to reach a World Cup final to be held on Sunday in Moscow. But once you're here and played as well as we did, you want to take those opportunities in life.
'I am so proud to work for this team and this manager'.
In their other appearance, in 1966, in London, they entered popular folklore by beating West Germany, an achievement that many fans have long thought they would never see again.
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The mutual appreciation between squad and fans was slightly marred by news on Thursday that Federation Internationale de Football Association had opened disciplinary proceedings against the FA following a report of possible discriminatory chanting by England supporters during the Croatia match.
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