Rakitic Had a Fever on the Eve of England Semi-Final

Rakitic Had a Fever on the Eve of England Semi-Final

But instead England allowed Croatia to dictate the game.

But there was no doubt of the players' place in the affections of the nation, as illustrated by the fans who remained in the stadium in Moscow long after the final whistle to serenade the team. "I just hope they can do it tonight".

Southgate said of the crushing defeat to Croatia: "We knew the team we brought was the most inexperienced team in the competition and the only way we're going to boost that is by playing in more tournament games".

It reminded me a lot of what that night against Germany was like, and how great a feeling it was to walk out on the pitch at Wembley.

Five EPL clubs have players on both sides of the game. "The more experiences like this the more you I'm going to improve".

As a fan, you go on the full ride. To be honest, it might even have been the best in my lifetime.

Piers Morgan said: "OK, I've stopped wailing".

That game is best known for Turkey forward Hakan Sukur scoring the fastest World Cup goal in history, needing only 11 seconds to make it 1-0..

"We have shown we can in this one, the aim now is not to have to wait another 20-odd years to get in another big semi-final".


One comment stood out from the rest and it did not come from a Croatian but a Brazilian.

There has been no crowd trouble involving our supporters, and I have seen no idiots in Moscow. The sound was eclipsed only by the joy that greeted Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor and the impromptu fireworks celebration in the wake of the final whistle.

"We were screaming at the telly that he had to change the system". When I'm 70 years old and retired and in the working men's club with my old mates and we're skint and ordering half-a-lagers they'll say 'Jamie - remember when you got that tattoo all them years ago?'

England will play Belgium in the third-place match on Saturday, so there's still a chance that Southgate and the team won't walk away totally empty-handed.

England's valiant effort also drew praise from Britain's Prince William, who said the team's performance gave fans "something to believe in".

That is exactly what has happened. "They have a day off and we'll assess them tomorrow". They have given us so much to shout about.

"Modric is indescribable to me, but my favorite player today is Rebic!"

But he has done a magnificent job.

The third-place playoff at the World Cup is often dismissed as a pointless way for Federation Internationale de Football Association to fill TV space with two teams who just want to go home.

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