Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Exhausted and battered, Croatia reaches its 1st World Cup final

Exhausted and battered, Croatia reaches its 1st World Cup final

The Leicester City centre-back has emerged as a national hero on the back of his superb performances during England's run to the semi-finals in Russian Federation, not least for his thumping header against Sweden; a goal John Terry or Terry Butcher would have been proud to call their own.

Kieran Trippier of England celebrates with team mate Harry Kane after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

But he is wary of a France team which has improved steadily throughout the World Cup and looked solid defensively against Belgium's considerable attacking prowess on Wednesday.

The marauding midfielder's fantastic play - and tears - in 1990 made him a national hero but the team's semi-final loss to West Germany left the nation heartbroken.

Lady Elsie said: "It is marvellous that this fundraising event has supported our Foundation since our launch 10 years ago". And put in a performance.

On the game itself, he added: 'The first half was really good, we could have had a second goal - we had the chances. The players do our best on the field and try to respect what the manager says.

"They have raised a very significant amount of money in that time and we are grateful to everyone involved. In the six or seven weeks we've been together, we could not have given any more". We knew they would fight for everything.

"We take it on the chin, we move on. It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again", Southgate said.

England boss Gareth Southgate keeping select guest-list for Croatia clash
But Southgate has leaned upon time-honored global soccer concepts in putting together his masterplan. England will face Croatia on Wednesday in their first World Cup semi-final match since 1990.

"There weren't clear changes that we thought could change it".

Mark Radley told Heart "At the end of the day we just hope that it's made the old man happy and that we haven't forgotten what he did at the start".

"It's a huge step forward and they'll only get better in the future", he tweeted.

"We had our flights booked for next Monday - we booked two flights, we weren't that optimistic, we have flights tomorrow as well". "Realistically, I don't think any of us did".

"Vatreni play today for a place in the World Cup final".

In the end, neither Croatia nor England was expected to make it this deep into the tournament, but here they are and France is waiting.

The experience of Euro 2016 heartache has hardened Hugo Lloris' resolve to lift the World Cup as France captain on Sunday.

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