Monday, 16 July, 2018

Three Lions on course for United Kingdom number one

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England were 1-0 up at half-time, heading toward their first World Cup final since 1966, but went on to lose 2-1 in extra time. In extra time Danny Rose came on for Ashley Young and Eric Dier swapped with Jordan Henderson.

France's forward Kylian Mbappe runs with the ball during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semifinal football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018.

"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 Croatia fan Ivan Kecerin. "The enthusiasm they have for these players, they've been brilliant ambassadors for our country, it's great for them they've got some enjoyable moments playing for England now". But I'm remarkably proud of a group of players who have really advanced.

"It was a long time ago, so not too many of us can remember that far back", said midfielder Jordan Henderson, born in 1990.

The Croatians overcame an even bigger demographic difference in the quarter-final, beating Russian Federation - a nation of around 145 million - on penalties.

Just don't suggest Croatia will be tired in Sunday's final when it returns to the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday. "There were so many big-quality teams and they are home by now".


Domagoj Vida and Mario Mandzukic let the young ones join in the post-match celebrations on the Luzhniki pitch.

It will be Croatia against heavily-favoured France in Sunday's final.

Croatia will be underdogs for the final, but Perisic told FIFA.com: "France stopped us in the semi-finals in 1998".

Wednesday saw the ninth time a World Cup semifinal needed 30 more minutes to be decided, with 5 of them needing penalties to find a victor.

"We were the better team in all aspects of the game", said Dalic. "The fans are excited to watch us play and that's how we have to keep progressing", added Kane. But when you've got to this point and played as well as we have. you want to take these opportunities in life.

He will just be hoping that all of them are fit enough for one last effort against a fearsome French side.

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