A look at what's ahead in the World Cup

A look at what's ahead in the World Cup

We're tired but there can be no excuses: we've got to the semi-final, we're here to enjoy ourselves and give our all, we do not want to say we're worn out or exhausted.

"I'm feeling excellent, excellent", said Saric. And Croatia would never let England get so close again.

Football was all set to come home.

"Thanks to the England team, and manager, for giving us this lovely World Cup run", he said.

After France beat Belgium 1-0 in Saint-Petersburg on Tuesday night to book their place in the World Cup final, the attention now turns to the other semi-final as England take on Croatia.

A stunning free kick from Kieran Trippier put England 1-0 up within the first five minutes. In a lot of games it's small margins and it went their way today. We achieved success as a compact team who do not give in, who work for one another and this is maybe one of the best periods for Luka.

"Those emotions are what drive us, that is our petrol and how we have come back to a semi-final after 20 years".


If England is to advance, it will have to get through Croatia, which has its own history of World Cup futility.

The Croats are headed to their first World Cup final ever, if they can just stay on their feet for a few more days.

"We know we've done everyone proud but we wanted to go on and win it. We felt we were good enough but have fallen just a bit short".

Ultimately, their supporters have been England's motivation for success, and as the thousands joyfully celebrated Trippier's goal from a direct free-kick (the first from an England player since David Beckham's against Ecuador in 2006), the feeling was that the nation had rediscovered its heady passion for worldwide football, not felt in nearly thirty years.

"We were really comfortable in the game", said England defender Harry Maguire, who twice rose highest at corners in the first 15 minutes to send headers wide of Croatia's goal.

"He's captained the team brilliantly", Southgate said of Kane.

Vida and a team official, both of whom used to play for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev, appeared in a pro-Ukraine video posted shortly after Croatia knocked Russian Federation out of the tournament.

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