Members of the Croatian team have hit back at England for their perceived arrogance before the game, including Ivan Rakitic.
Gareth Southgate's men travel to Saint Petersburg for Saturday's third-place play-off against Belgium with their heads held high after exceeding expectations.
The script that said Croatia was exhausted and England would take advantage, seemed to play out early.
With his first global goal, just over a year after his England debut, the 27-year-old Trippier joined David Beckham as the only English players since 1966 to score on free kicks at the World Cup.
The referees clearly didn't agree with the supposed loophole, leaving England players red faced in the middle of the pitch.More news: LeBron James Sells Movie Script, Might Star In It
It stayed level at 90 minutes, meaning Croatia faced extra time for the third successive game, having got past Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties.
The goal continued the side's astonishing success from set-pieces at the World Cup - they scored nine goals from set-pieces - the most by any team in a single tournament since 1966.
Although Walker described the players as "absolutely gutted" to miss out on a place in the World Cup final, he said they could take great encouragement from the emotional scenes at the end of Wednesday night's defeat against Croatia, when England fans showed their respect for the team's performances in Russian Federation by staying behind to applaud the players and singing their names. It's been a fantastic journey.
"I think now is the time for us to be strong as a group and take the time to reflect on the performance a little bit over the next couple of days".
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"All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying 'OK, today we will see who will be exhausted.' As I said, they should be more humble, and respect opponents more".
Federation Internationale de Football Association announced on Thursday that so far all doping tests conducted before and during the World Cup have yielded negative results.
Despite the much-vaunted attack of teenager Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, France's defense proved the difference as they shut down Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku and they showed they will be hard to beat on Sunday.
"Finals have to be won because we have still not got over the one we lost two years ago", he said.
"It's not something I'm really thinking about at the moment to be honest, it's not the game we wanted to be in", Kane admitted.More news: Donald Trump flies in to a rough reception
However, this time he was far more direct, playing on the last shoulder of the Croatian backline and zooming off towards goal rather than retreating away from it.