Playing Croatia in semifinal is a harsh reminder for England
Playing Croatia in semifinal is a harsh reminder for England
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10 July, 2018, 14:07
Only time will tell, but till then - here are the predictions for both semi-final matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Croatia have never reached a World Cup final, their best finish coming in 1998, when they placed third, having lost to eventual winners France in the semis.
After a dramatic win on penalties against Russia, Croatia will play England on Wednesday in front of 80,000 people in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium for a place in the World Cup final.
Croatia players were less vocal on social media after narrowly progressing to their first semi-final appearance since 1994, but it can not be denied that the players are not motivated for Wednesday evening.
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England were drawn against Croatia in qualifying for Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 with these two different campaigns producing wildly different results.
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The semi-final also represents a financial mismatch between the riches of England's Premier League and Croatian football.
"Obviously we work on them in attack and defence, and they are vitally important for us", said Ashley Young, one of England's set-piece specialists.
Fans gather during a meeting with Russia's national soccer team at the FIFA Fan Fest in Moscow, a host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia July 8, 2018. As we have seen before when they have reached this stage of a major tournament, their success has a wider significance and their football team is seen as a symbol of a united France. It was a good game against Belgium [in the quarter-finals].
England are at 10.00 to win after either extra time or penalties, while Croatia's prices alter slightly: 13.00 to win after 120 minutes, but 10.00 to win via a shoot-out.
"We know where we are, we know we're not the finished article and I don't think we have loads of world class players".
The two sides have not played each other since September 2009, but there does seem to be a pattern throughout the seven matches they have played.
"It's a great story for me, it was my first time outside Croatia, everything was really new", he said.
I was at both of Croatia's matches in the knockout stages - their penalty shootout wins over Denmark and Russian Federation.
Croatia came from behind in Sochi with Andrej Kramaric cancelling out Denis Cheryshev's opener as the tie ended 1-1 after 90 minutes. "We have everything needed to do that, a great team, great staff and I hope we will make the extra step", he said.
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They can't afford any hiccups like that against the Brazilians, whose backline should make the difference in this game. Sweden will come into this game considered an underdog, but the team has all the tools to overcome England .
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With a player like this leading the line it's hard to argue that England cant go further than anyone expected in this competition. It comes as a viral video from another wedding saw the groom's speech thanking "Gareth Southgate and the England football team".
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