200,000 sign petition calling for bank holiday if England win World Cup

Ross Houston
July 11, 2018

After making history with England's first-ever penalty-shootout win at a World Cup against Colombia, the Three Lions did what many of their predecessors would have failed to do-get through a quarter-final against a team of Sweden's calibre in relative comfort.

Despite all the talk of England's placement on the "easier" side of the playoff tree, or the fact that they appear to rely on set-pieces for a large percentage of goals, the fact remains that they are in a World Cup semi-finals, a position they would have grasped with both hands at the onset of Russian Federation 2018.

The number of signatories to the petition, on the United Kingdom government and Parliament website, means it will be considered for debate in the House of Commons.

After falling short for generations, coach Gareth Southgate has put together a team that is playing like a team. England made Croatia pay instantly, with Kieran Trippier bending a ideal free kick over the wall and by a diving Danijel Subasic to give the Three Lions an early 1-0 lead and a dream start.

Alli has also been a big let-down at this World Cup and looks like he is carrying a knock that is restricting him in some way, with his goal against Sweden last weekend covering up his otherwise disappointing displays.

"We have waited for several years for this with Croatia".

England game today is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. ET. "We do not want to say we are exhausted, because there are still plenty of opportunities to exhaust ourselves".

France players celebrate Samuel Umtiti's goal.

The Three Lions last had the chance of reaching a World Cup final in 1990 but lost out on penalties to Germany and had to make do with the third-place play-off.

Defender Dejan Lovren dismissed suggestions that the team would be exhausted after extra time and two penalty shootouts in their last two match matches.

While both were pegged to have some success, they've far exceeded their expectations, and one will advance to face France in Sunday's final at the site of Wednesday's clash in Moscow, Luzhniki Stadium.

After that the title stayed in South America through friendlies, World Cup qualifiers and two Copa Americas and Peru eventually won it by beating Bolivia in a qualifier.

But each team has more than just historical precedent to play for.

However Croatia, who made the semi-finals in 1998 only to lose to hosts and eventual winners France, have already been world champions in fact they're officially the unofficial world champions right now.

"I was 18 years old in 1998, it was one of the most handsome nights of my life. Like one heart, one soul", Rakitic said.

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