Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Kane has been playing injured, claims Neville

Kane has been playing injured, claims Neville

A $100 bet on England would net you a $200 profit if they were to win in regulation, but keep in mind that England just played an extra 30 minutes and has a day's less rest. Mario Mandzukic scored a poacher's goal in the 109th minute, latching onto Perišić's flick to put Croatia ahead and into their first ever World Cup final.

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 global careers, the relaxed vibe surrounding the England base camp in Repino remained.

And the Liverpool defender cheekily said that it has something to do with the parents across the country.

As expected, tonight's match proved to be an entertaining one for the neutrals and a stressful experience for English supporters, who have always been claiming that this is the year it finally comes home again. Take this gathering in London's Hyde Park, where thousands came together to watch the game on large public outdoor screens.

If England is to advance, it will have to get through Croatia, which has its own history of World Cup futility.

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"A couple of weeks ago, I would have taken this result", said another England fan. "I feel disappointed but proud". "After 1998 [when Croatia lost to France in the semifinals], this is the best team for Croatia at a World Cup, and I believe they will win in the final".

"We are deservedly in the final", Croatia coach Dalic said.

"Extra time, I knew it was on the cards we weren't going to win that".

Harry Kane was not on his game at the Luzhniki Stadium, Dele Alli failed to make an impact and the centre-halves looked shaky at stages under the pressure from Croatia after the break. Belgium seems like the safer play, with $100 on the more talented, fresher team netting you $130. It's a awful way to go out of the World Cup. We'd love to see them! "Everybody has come. It's the best feeling in a long time". "We worked so hard, the fans were incredible, it was a tough game, a 50-50 game, when we look back we will think there's stuff we could have done better".

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