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Croatia Will Defend The Unofficial World Title Against England

11 July 2018, 09:42 | Myron Mathis

Steve McClaren's England failed to reach Euro 2008 with defeat to Croatia

Steve McClaren's England failed to reach Euro 2008 with defeat to Croatia

England are in the last four of the World Cup for the first time since losing to Germany on penalties in 1990.

France coach Didier Deschamps said he was delighted to have the chance to bury the pain of the Euro 2016 final, which his side lost on home soil to Portugal.

"We have waited for several years for this with Croatia".

Even with all of the talent that Croatia and England have stocked in their respective national teams, their appearance in the World Cup semifinal is nothing short of astounding.

The country is expected to grind to a halt on Wednesday night as millions of fans watch the match.

"In the past six days, we have spent a lot of energy".

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has only one real injury concern heading into Wednesday's World Cup semi-final in Russian Federation. Trippier scores his first free kick goal of the tournament to give the Three Lions a dream start in the semifinal.

England meanwhile is seeking to reach a first final since their only title win at Wembley in 1966 in today's second semifinal at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium - also the venue for Sunday's final.


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For those unfamiliar (do we really need to explain this?), this basically means that the victor of a game remains the champion until they are beaten by another challenger, who then automatically inherits their title. We're gonna watch this together, and you know what?

The pair meet again tonight, and pundit Paul Merson has told the Daily Star that he thinks Lovren will have had sleepless nights thinking about facing Kane again, highlighting it as a key factor in England's hopes.

"Come here, and we'll watch it together". Croatian players surrounded the ref for a corner kick appeal because it appeared to be deflected off of Kyle Walker's boot, but it was a goal kick. If England beats Croatia and then France in the finals, knight the man on Sunday.

Defender Dejan Lovren dismissed suggestions that the team would be exhausted after extra time and two penalty shootouts in their last two match matches. "We do not want to say we are exhausted, because there are still plenty of opportunities to exhaust ourselves".

It is the first time since 1998 that the nation of just over four million people have reached this stage, after they eliminated Russian Federation in a penalty shootout at the weekend.

It was a painful defeat for Belgium, foiled at the semi-final for the second time in their history, as the clock ticks on their so-called "golden generation" of players.

Alli has also been a big let-down at this World Cup and looks like he is carrying a knock that is restricting him in some way, with his goal against Sweden last weekend covering up his otherwise disappointing displays.



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