Kieran Trippier pays tribute to England fans


England and Croatia have met on seven previous occasions, with the Three Lions winning four times, losing twice and sharing a draw.

He nailed the semi-finals.

. They have also shown versatility in defence, with their three-man backline anchored by the impressive John Stones, in front of their fearless, agile goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford. It was England's best World Cup performance since 1966 - and the team made a pretty good fist in the recording studio, too. Germany going out in the group stages turned out to be more than just a chance for schadenfreude - but a harbinger for what has been possibly the most unpredictable World Cup in living memory. They won the World Cup they last hosted in 1998, beating Brazil 3-0. It's been a odd campaign for France, who looked subdued all through the group phase. France then beat Argentina and Uruguay en route to the semi-finals. Belgium were absolutely brilliant against Brazil last time out, with coach Roberto Martinez emerging from that 2-1 victory with a lot of credit after switching tactics and allowing Kevin De Bruyne more freedom in the final third.

Kieran Trippier says the support and reaction from fans to England's World Cup campaign at home and in Russian Federation continues to inspire the Three Lions squad. Harry Kane has 6 goals for England and is looking a sure bet for the Golden Boot Award. Eight teams are seeded on each side of the bracket.

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England's 1986 campaign is largely remembered for the heartbreak of Maradona's "Hand of God" which denied the team a semi final berth.

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Les Bleus have as many as 15 players with African roots in their 23-man squad for the tournament in Russian Federation, and Didier Deschamps' side had at least five players who would have been eligible to represent African nations by birth or via their parents in each of their starting line-ups at this year's World Cup.

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