Fans thank England for 'making nation dream'

Clay Curtis
July 12, 2018

"We have to be pragmatic and we have to be realistic", French manager Didier Deschamps said ahead of England vs. Croatia, according to ESPN.

England will play in a World Cup semi-final for the first time since Italia 90, but Southgate insists his life outside of the game will not change if England progress to the final, or even win the tournament.

Yet while it was complete focus on the job in hand as the players prepared for what is the most high-pressure game of their worldwide careers, the relaxed vibe surrounding the England base camp in Repino remained.

Russia's ministry of communications said there had been 6,300 new applications for fan IDs, the document that allows visa-free entry to Russian Federation during the World Cup, since England beat Sweden in the quarter-final on Saturday.

Eric Amsalem, a 48-year-old Croatian fan with his face painted in the colours of the national flag said: "It's a small country". Look at the fans tonight, there was a lump in my throat watching the fans applaud us at the end.

The Croatia global will be hoping to emerge victorious against France in the final, and the way he helped shut Kane down will give him confidence.

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Croatia, a country of about 4 million people, came to a standstill as fans watched the game on screens in squares and cafes.

Joe predicted a 2-0 England win and said he believed the celebrations would be on a larger scale than in 1966 if England go on to win the trophy.

As they entered the second half of extra time against England with the scores level, it began to look like they would need to step up to the spot again, until Mario Mandžukić scored with 11 minutes to play. I couldn't be prouder with what they've done.

"We're gutted. It hurts, it hurts a lot", Kane said after the match at the Luzhniki Stadium. But when you've got to this point and played as well as we have. you want to take these opportunities in life.

The men's World Cup soccer tournament is down to the final two games. These are good kids, hopefully they will win it for us. It is the first time in our lifetime that we have seen a semi final.

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