Luka Modric celebrates after scoring his penalty in the shoot-out win over Russian Federation. “Now I want to go and see what’s going on in Russian Federation”, said one fan, Michael Roberts, 27, as he waited for his flight.
England’s opponents Croatia have knocked out two right-wing teams since the Group Stage, although had to rely on penalties to beat both Denmark and Russian Federation – the latter result leaving us with only democracies left in the competition.
England also required spot-kicks to get past Colombia before they made comfortable work of Sweden in the quarter-finals as Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored in a a 2-0 triumph.
The more concerning news for England is that our record against right-wing teams in this year’s competition is more mixed than against the left.
“He deserves all the accolades he gets from the media and public”.
“We are in the semi-final now and, as a team, we think we should be in the final”.
The knockout stage of the World Cup is the single-elimination portion of the tournament with the 16 teams who advanced from the Group stage.
Croatia will play England in the last four in Moscow on Thursday morning (Singapore time), as they aim to outdo the team of 20 years ago.
“‘You all just said to them, “Just do what you can”, but now even you are hoping that it can “come home”, yeah?”
France won their opening game of the tournament 2-1 against Australia, although the VAR technology proved more of a talking point than the game itself.
And now Sir Bobby’s spirit lives on in Gareth Southgate’s team – as Lady Elsie said he would be cheering on the squad “with every fibre of his being” when they take on Croatia in the side’s biggest match of the century, taking place at 7pm this evening.
The 32-year-old is Croatia’s top scorer in the tournament with two goals and twice netted in nail-biting penalty shoot-outs against Denmark and Russian Federation.
“We took a hard route”. We have played five games, but being exhausted can not be an alibi.
Let’s see if football really is coming home, as we can hear from every corner of England at the moment.
‘We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game.
“1998 will never be forgotten and should not be, but I would love it if eventually the 1998 “Fiery Ones” can be moved aside so that we can talk not only about 1998 but also a bit about 2018″, the former Real Madrid player said.