England handed boost as Croatia rule out Vrsaljko

England handed boost as Croatia rule out Vrsaljko

And so in England, 1966 seems but yesterday and the names of World Cup winners Bobby Moore or Geoff Hurst are present in English hearts and minds.

Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, center, applauds prior the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018.

The hosts, the lowest-ranked team at the World Cup this year, were second in their group and beat former champions Spain in the last-16 round.

The path to the final, to history in fact, could not have been easier-no, England cannot be considered a strong side-and this is Croatia's best chance, if they make use of the incredible talent they have in midfield.

May says England coach "Gareth Southgate and the boys have done a fantastic job and I'm sure that they're going to go on and do well".

"Perhaps people feel they (waistcoats) also reflect in some way this young likeable England side: They're bold, innovative, endearing - a hark back to a more genteel, civilised era", said the Daily Mail. From the first second I put together this team, I knew where it was heading. "And then we look forward to doing it all again on Sunday!"

As Croatia's winning penalty was scored, there was a stunned silence.

But moments later, there was applause.

Reflecting Russia's newfound infatuation, a team of street artists spray-painted the mural of Cherchesov pointing a finger on a wall in central St. Petersburg.

The past really means little for a lot of them.


Football fever has completely gripped the nation.

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The headlines in Russian Federation read, "Moscow did not sleep after the match", "Thanks, guys", "Simply great", and "Fighting until the end". "They have just displayed the qualities they have, that is all".

"He watched, he was rooting for the team.

I hope that against England it will finally be our style of play and our match".

Carrie said: "The turnout for the last few games has been really good".

"He is our captain, our leader, we follow him and if the team manages a great result and he gets the Ballon d'Or he will deserve it, and I want it for him".

The Three Lions overcame Sweden 2-0 with goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli to book a date at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, while Croatia knocked out the hosts Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties.

He said: "We've been in the pub since 6am this morning trying to get the pub ready".

England started off with a hard-fought victory against Tunisia, and if that fuelled belief, they thrashed Panama 6-1 in their next match.

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