What colour kit will England wear in semi-final vs Croatia?

Irene MckinneyJul 09, 2018

There is relief in the Croatia camp after defender Domagoj Vida was warned by Federation Internationale de Football Association, avoiding a possible ban, for appearing to dedicate their win against Russia to Ukraine in an online video. Even an England or France triumph would be exciting.

With 98 per cent of the tickets reserved for group matches sold, the feeling among Russian fans going into the last 16 was that they had unfairly judged the team, and Allexey Sorokin, chairman of the 2018 World Cup Local Organising Committee said as much.

And it earned the exhausted group a date with England in the semifinals.

Didier Deschamps took charge in 2012, and under him the French were quarterfinalists at the 2014 World Cup and runners-up at Euro 2016. Croatia is much more diverse in the attack.

Belgium's "golden generation" is on the brink of greatness, Roberto Martinez having seen his reputation rocket over the course of the tournament.

Vukojevic, who now works as a scout at Dynamo but is with his national team for their World Cup campaign, added: "This victory is for Dinamo and Ukraine".

Eleven host cities, namely Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara, were selected to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup. Starting right back Sime Vrsaljko had to be replaced during extra time with an apparent leg injury, though fellow defender Dejan Lovren was optimistic Sunday that Vrsaljko would be able to play with the semifinal looming on Wednesday.

However, the team's unexpected run came to an end at the hands of Croatia but not before dragging the game to penalties on Saturday.

But Zinedine Zidane's two goals in the 3-0 win over Brazil in the final are what people most remember from that tournament. They finished third in 1998.

Having represented Tottenham before Real, Modric said playing England was "always special" but scoffed at the notion that Croatia would be the more exhausted of the two after their last-16 tie, against Denmark, and quarter-final went to penalties. He congratulated us on a very good game.

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how England's Three Lions defeated Sweden 2-0 margin courtesy of two headed goals from Harry Maguire's 30th minute and Dele Alli's 59th minute during Saturday's quarterfinal fixture to book passage into the semifinals of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

"The fact that we are not the strongest team in the world is obvious to everyone". We made ourselves happy, but we also made everyone back home in Croatia happy. Now we have to be here another week. "We didn't play well in the first half, we didn't control the game as we wanted". That form has yet to carry over to the knockout stages.

"England are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you need to respect that, but we have nothing to lose".

Still, the World Cup is a marathon. The Three Lions will earn a close victory to seal their passage to the final.

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