England pledge to attack Croatia in World Cup semi-final

England pledge to attack Croatia in World Cup semi-final

"England are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you have to respect that", he said.

Behind him, England's midfield will face their biggest test as they look to deal with star pairing Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, not to mention the likes of Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic. England are favourites at $2.4 compared to Croatia's 3.65.

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English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made some excellent saves to keep Sweden scoreless, and he's certainly one of the reasons England has pushed forward in the tournament.

Prince William, the president of the FA, said: "A new generation is enjoying the magic of this World Cup run". It seems with every barrier that gets put in their way, they seem to be getting over it comfortably.

"Last time we got this far in the finals was nearly 30 years ago in 1990 - I was 17, the whole country went nuts".

"We have about 20-25,000 supporters here - with the Russians there will probably be even more behind us".

It is the first time since 1998 that the nation of little over four million people have reached this stage of the competition, after they eliminated Russian Federation in a penalty shoot-out at the weekend. "Like one heart, one soul. We're really proud in the style that we've played, with the intelligence that we've played, and that we've performed under pressure and dealt with hard situations in games where we've had to wait until the last minute to score, we've had to recover from conceding in last minute, we've been through extra time, penalties".

"This is an incredible result for a small country like Croatia".

- England has not beaten two European nations in a single World Cup since 1982, when it beat Czechoslovakia and France.

England's semi-final defeat to West Germany at the 1990 World Cup in Italy saw Britain's record sudden power surge of 2,800MW.

One matchup England will look to exploit involves Dejan Lovren, as he will have to go up against Harry Kane, who is now in line to win the Golden Boot at this summer's World Cup.

Should he strike on Wednesday against Croatia, Kane will join Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard as the only other two players to bag goals for England on each day of the week.

Last night in Russia, France punched their ticket to the World Cup Final with a 1-0 victory over Belgium.

Kane is now leading the race for the World Cup Golden Boot with six goals in the tournament so far.

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