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14 July, 2018, 05:04 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • England take on Croatia in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday

Jubilant Croatian fans blasted their vehicle horns and let off fireworks after their football team came from behind to beat England 2-1 in extra time on Wednesday to clinch a place in the World Cup final against France this Sunday.

Croatia, meanwhile, have had a grueling path to the final, with all of their past three matches - against Denmark, Russia and England - going to extra time.

Belgium have already beaten us (1-0 in the group stage) so we'd like to address that.

The European Championship in two years' time will be staged in 12 different cities across the continent, but the climax will come at Wembley - which won the rights to stage the semi- finals and final, as well as group games and a last-16 tie.

Croats painting the town red - and white - as they go wild in celebration after their country beat England 2-1 in extra time on Wednesday to qualify for the World Cup final for the first time.

Despite the initial disappointment of their semi-final defeat against Croatia, Gareth Southgate revealed that spirits are still high among the England ranks ahead of Saturday's game. I'm sure that we'll recover and we'll be fine - this is the World Cup final and there are no excuses.

England are due to fly from St Petersburg to Birmingham on Sunday - the day after facing Belgium in the third-place play-off - and the Football Association has confirmed that there will be no public access for fans, given airport security restrictions. I can see what we have achieved. We've raised expectation. I don't see a problem with that because we've also raised belief in the players.

"Everyone wants to play but sometimes it is not a good decision to play someone if their energy is not there", said Gareth Southgate to reporters.

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"We'll have the players inspired by what's happened over the last few weeks".

It would be a momentous achievement for captain Kane, albeit scant consolation after falling short of the World Cup final.

"Yes we got a bit of luck with the draw and came up against teams we proved to be better than". Niall McCarthy from Forbes reported that $391m of this goes to teams to be spent on tournament preparation and medical insurance for potential player injuries.

"We've set a level of working and performing that we want to maintain and take pride in". He never represented his country at global level during a modest career as a defensive midfielder.

"I can't ask for more from the players".

"So they haven't felt what the nation really getting excited about the team feels like".

"I think everyone was a little nervous about how the whole tournament was going to go".

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