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England Have Been Warming Up With Rubber Chickens Ahead Of Croatia

England players celebrate scoring a goal. Image PA England players celebrate scoring a goal. Image PA
Cary Erickson | 10 July, 2018, 17:56

Fernandes' header was the 66th set-piece goal scored at the 2018 World Cup out of 157 in total.

On the other hand, Belgium had a much more rigorous match up against the five-time powerhouse, Brazil.

Suker who won the Golden Boot at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France has however praised the Three Lions for their improvement in the competition. Modric was very good but Rakitic was absent.

As the semi-finals battle kicks off in the ongoing FIFA World Cup to decide the two finalists for the July 15 showdown at the Luzhniki Stadium, the four combatants must first slug it out for the two available slots in the grand finale.

The last time the sides met, in a friendly in June 2015, ended 4-3 to Belgium with Marouane Fellaini scoring twice.

They've gone to two extra-times, and if you have to go to extra-time against Russian Federation. With his absence, coach Martinez may have to change his formation.

The kitman also tweeted a picture of the team's white kits for tomorrow's semi-final clash against Croatia, printed with the date of the match below the Three Lions badge.

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This trend has powered the rise of teams that traditionally do not do well in World Cups.

Gareth Southgate's side needed a penalty shootout to overcome Colombia in the round of 16.

"(It was) at the beginning of working together with the lads and trying to sell them the vision of what's possible, what we're looking to achieve in the long-term.

Yet it is England's creative, dynamic and intelligent midfield that will need to be on the top of its game against Croatia. Can we beat Croatia?

With the World Cup semi-finals to kick off tonight at 6 PM, it is a close call who will take the match between France and Belgium.

World Cup fever is sweeping the nation - and Danny McLaughlin has found himself at the centre of attention thanks to his incredible resemblance to star player Harry Kane.

Croatia in their first ever participation in World Cup got to the semi-finals and eventually came third in the France 1998 edition and also seem poised to make history in Russian Federation.