England vs Croatia preview: A miracle of a semifinal


Croatia are in the last four of the World Cup for the first time since 1998 and Vrsaljko says his team's run can not be compared to the Europa League success he enjoyed with Atletico Madrid last term. They are making us all proud. In extra time, he leaped high to block John Stones' header, keeping Croatia in the game before Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal about 10 minutes later.

They are hoping to go one better by beating England in Moscow to reach the final against France.

"There's an endless stream of messages on WhatsApp and Instagram and no way to tell everyone, "Thank you for the kind words", he wrote on his official Instagram page.

"The most important thing for me is that my national team succeeded and that we do something big".

"I would just walk out of the room, it is an anthem and has followed the team for a long time but involved some hard moments as well". They were completely out on their feet late against Russian Federation.

Dele Alli shouldn't have been in the team against Sweden the way he was playing, but he's in the team because we have two goalscorers; Harry Kane, who has two chances and one goal, and Dele Alli.

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Midfielder Jordan Henderson said: "It's a special feeling to know people back home and here are enjoying the experience as much as we are".

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"I don't think realistically we expected to be here but once you're here and played as well as we did, you want to take those opportunities in life". Croatia was 6/4. Odds Shark had France as -210 to win the final and Croatia +185.

HNS also said that Vukojevic and Vida apologised for their statements, saying they were not meant to be political messages but "unfortunately left room for such interpretations".

The odds are already out for the 2018 World Cup final of France vs. Croatia on Sunday, but don't forget that there is also a game on Saturday.