“Controlled the game. Fantastic”, Tim Banks said.
Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic made one save in the shootout, blocking Fedor Smolov’s attempt. I don’t think this was my best performance on the pitch.
“The Colombians were pretty brutal in their way of playing football and deliberately tried to provoke us and it worked”.
Officially, England fans made up 2,836 in sales and Sweden fans numbered 3,078 – but actual numbers appeared higher and fans were seen buying tickets outside the ground and city centre beforehand.
“A lot of people believe England can go all the way to the final but they aren’t confident enough to say that they will win”.
As of Friday, Fifa ticket sales for the game stood at 32,000, meaning there were almost 10,000 unsold tickets, which was said to be normal for the Samara Arena.
With just a four-day turnaround to facing Sweden in Samara, though, England have little time to replenish their energy.
“I can’t speak highly [enough], it’s the most mature, calmest England display that I’ve seen in a long, long time. I have every respect for Mr. Southgate”. “We will have to be very strong in the area to ensure they don’t get the service they want”, said Granqvist, who will probably have the job of marking England captain and the World Cup’s leading goalscorer, Harry Kane.
“Fans’ faith in England bringing the title home are reinforced by the odds as they shorten to 11/4 from 10/3, seeing them a close third to second in the betting Belgium”. The Croatians lost to France in the semis 20 years ago.
“We felt like we could dominate the ball in this game”.
“And in the end we already did what really matters: knocking Germany out!” After England won a corner, Maguire got his head on a handsome ball from Ashley Young to give the Three Lions the lead just 30 minutes into the match. But other than in a 6-1 thrashing of Panama in the group stages, England have struggled to create chances from open play, with seven of their nine goals so far coming from set-pieces and penalties. “But we said that we’re an improving side who want to make our own history”. “We’ll go again against whoever the semifinal (opponent) will be on Wednesday”, he added. It’s our turn this time, hopefully.
“Obviously not all of them think the same, but I’m sure there wasn’t this support in the last few tournaments”.
‘So I said to him right let’s get it booked in today and I’ll do it.