No fear but we're not the favourites, says Croatia's Mandzukic

No fear but we're not the favourites, says Croatia's Mandzukic

Croatia's run to the World Cup semi-finals may be a surprise to some, but coach Zlatko Dalic said his players had always been among the best in the world and are ready to go down in history as another golden generation when they face England on Wednesday. In doing so, France handed Belgium their first loss of the tournament, and denied the Belgians their first ever trip to the World Cup final.

I expect the teams to be evenly matched, giving viewers an exciting semi-final. Of the tournament's star players, Romelu Lukaku has performed as strongly as we expected him to.

Online streaming service Spotify reports that Three Lions was streamed almost half a million times on England's match against Colombia, and has gone through the roof following the team's Sweden win.

Ahead of the tournament, Rose had told family members not to travel to Russian Federation over concerns they would suffer racist abuse, a decision which he later said had upset his father, Nigel Rose.

France has made it to the semi-finals in half of their last six World Cup appearances. "Now we're going to turn up in special Gareth waistcoats, it's only going to help the mood isn't it!"

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Croatia are not thought to have any injury concerns for the match, with all players available for Monday's training session, which attracted a huge media scrum including more than two dozen camera teams. They have real enthusiasm for these players, not only for the way they have played but also for the way they have conducted themselves.

As the hysteria back home following Saturday's quarter-final win proves, so are the rest of us - and long may it continue, well, for at least another week. England has not been as far as the semi-finals since they last hosted the tournament in 1966.

Let's see if football really is coming home, as we can hear from every corner of England at the moment. England to win and Under 2.5 goals is a 3/1 chance and might be the way to bet.

This is the nearest progressives have to a champion in the final four, but while his one-man mission to save the EU has won some admirers, the clashes with trade unions that have marked his first year in the Elysee has put many off.

"We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game".

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