Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

England pledge to attack Croatia in World Cup semi-final

1. Three Lions will become the official National Anthem GETTY 1. Three Lions will become the official National Anthem
Cary Erickson | 11 July, 2018, 18:49

Southgate was so demoralized by his penalty kick failure against Germany in the 1996 European Championship semifinals, he avoided The Lightning Seeds's "Three Lions, " the team's official song when it hosted the tournament. In the last few seasons he's always scored more than 25 goals and he's one of the best strikers in the world. A 1998 update changed the third verse to "no more years of hurt".

This is a proud nation and a proud football team, and to reach a World Cup final would represent a truly remarkable story. I felt something odd in my knee and after talking with the doctor on the sideline we decided I should come off.

England and Croatia are teams that innovated over time but have generally been immutable during the World Cup, sticking to virtually identical starting lineups except for group phase finales, after advancement was secure.

"I'm rare breed. I'm an Englishman that doesn't drink tea, " he said.

Right back Sime Vrsaljko limped off during the quarterfinal win over host Russian Federation and goalkeeper Danijel Subasic had a hamstring injury during extra time but remained in the match.

We will find out tonight when England play Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium, with the victor returning there on Sunday for the World Cup final where France await. England are favourites at $2.4 compared to Croatia's 3.65.

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"We've got to keep getting over those hurdles and I know we talked about the success of the younger teams but this is a much harder, much bigger level for the players and the belief is building as things are happening".

May will not attend the match because Britain has imposed a diplomatic boycott on Russia after blaming Moscow for the attempted assassination of a former Russian spy in England.

Vida has quietly been one of the standout performers at this World Cup, and Croatia will be relieved he avoided a suspension for a rather ill-advised video published online after the win over Russian Federation.

"We can feel the energy and the support from home and it's a very special feeling and a privilege for us", Southgate said on Tuesday. We never want to be reactive, ... It's completely irrelevant, that 4-1 defeat.

They have been taken to penalties in both their knockout games and while they would probably have preferred not to have played an extra hour of football, they did so after coming from behind.