England beat Sweden and Croatia defeat Russian Federation


Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic gave her U.S. counterpart Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May Croatia jerseys Wednesday ahead of the World Cup semi-final against England.

Excitement was building in Croatia on Wednesday ahead of the Soccer World Cup semi-final against England, with tens of thousands of fans expected to watch the match on public screens across the country.

France, who play Belgium in the first semi-final on Tuesday, are [3.05] favourites to win the World Cup. "We know we have some unbelievable players and a great manager and everyone is clear on what we do. The tennis was very good and there as an historic football match going on", added Lewis.

Given Croatia had extra time and penalties to recover from, England should come into the game fresher and they also have the edge in previous meetings, winning four of the seven encounters, including a 5-1 victory in their most recent match - a World Cup qualifier in 2009.

Cherchesov said the hosts, who were ranked 70th by Federation Internationale de Football Association before the World Cup, should aim higher. "We are glad to see you".

In contrast, there is only one Champions League victor in the England squad, Chelsea's Gary Cahill who is their second-choice central defender.

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They have underachieved in recent years despite boasting a side including Modric, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.

In the Luzhniki on Wednesday, Modric will be confronted with his past when he runs into current tournament top scorer and Golden Ball rival Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur.

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is really fast and his combination with Harry Kane is really unsafe".

"We just had to do it", said Hoodgraff member Artyom Burzh, who started the painting after watching Russian Federation beat Egypt in its second game of the tournament.

"This is really a big day for Croatian sport and football, it is a success that we will remember for generations".

Barcelona signed him in 2014 and although he has won everything with his clubs - including three leagues, one Champions League title and a Europa League trophy - he is yet to lift a trophy with his national team. This isn't just the Scotsman in me talking here, but these two teams are better than England and Croatia - although anything can happen in a final.

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