While Dalic is bullish about his side's chances, he acknowledged that Croatia found it hard to deal with the threat of England forward Raheem Sterling throughout the semi-final. However, Ivan Perišić scored a stunning goal in the 68th minute when he flicked the ball in past English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with an outstretched foot to equalise with England. "This has been the discussion for the last 20 years", said Dalic, who was appointed only last October towards the end of their qualifying campaign and led them to a play-off win against Greece.
Numerous photos show the players embracing Southgate. In extra time, nobody wanted to be substituted.
Dalic said he had allowed his players to celebrate the victory on Wednesday night and was consequently unaware of the extent of any injuries in his squad.
"I'm a man of my word and a proud Welshman, I'll get it done".
Croatia must recover quickly for Sunday's showpiece - no easy feat. "Everyone is born with it, we have good players, and I believe they will bring the cup home, but we'll see on Monday morning at 3 o'clock".
"We had hoped (for this) and we believed in our team, but the feeling when we finally entered the finals can not be compared to anything", said Ivan Kecerin, 41.
However, fans said the side had "finished further than anyone dreamed".
World Cup final: "For a country like Croatia, it's something historic to be in the final of a World Cup". "Nobody gave up", said Dalic.
"But we have our hearts, our pride and our players and that is what is really important to us".