England pledge to attack Croatia in World Cup semi-final


England enters Wednesday's semifinal at +135 on the money line, meaning you'd need to bet $100 on an English victory to win $135.

Fox Sports and Telemundo have seen strong ratings for this year's tournament, with Fox building its numbers that so far peaked with a tournament-high 6.32 million tuning in for the Croatia-Russia quarterfinal Saturday on Fox.

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It will be the third match his has officiated at the World Cup after overseeing Morocco vs Iran and Nigeria vs Argentina.

The players wore their identification round their neck and black training tops in the Russian rain, as they headed out of their hotel before the game.

England has not appeared in a World Cup last four since going out to West Germany in a penalty shoot-out at Italia 90, while Croatia have matched the team of 1998, who reached the semifinals on the nation's World Cup debut following independence in 1991. "I think with the energy, the organisation, the confidence at the moment, England are a force".

England and their relatively inexperienced roster has defied the odds to reach the World Cup final four.

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"Finals have to be won because we have still not got over the one we lost two years ago", he said. England then overcame Colombia in a penalty shoot-out before defeating Sweden 2-0, and have the tournament's leading scorer in Harry Kane, who will now be closely watched by Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren.

"I was 18 years old in 1998, it was one of the most lovely nights of my life".

While Croatia possess arguably the best central midfield pairing in the tournament in the shape of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, Southgate's language does not indicate he is about to bring in Eric Dier as an additional defensive midfielder alongside Jordan Henderson.

In delirious scenes in Paris, fans let off fire crackers and released smoke flares - and predicted they would win a second World Cup.

Croatia needed penalty kicks to knock out host nation Russian Federation and did so in dramatic fashion.

"I've got a amusing feeling that the momentum is so good, and, you know, especially now that we're all going to turn up with special Gareth waistcoats, and that can only help can't it", said fan Lee Walkup, 50.

For that to happen, Kane needs proper support from the three players behind him in this England team and even though they have done well to get to the semi-finals, I don't feel he has got the backing he needs so far at this World Cup.

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