Belgium vs. England preview, players to watch, key stats

Ross Houston
July 13, 2018

Asked how far he thought the still young England team could progress in the next World Cup, he said: "This far, if not the final".

BELGRADE: Croatia´s neighbours in the former Yugoslavia have largely praised the team´s surprise success in reaching the World Cup final in Russian Federation - just don´t expect the Serbian president to support them, at least for now.

Mario Mandzukic put Croatia ahead after scoring in Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, giving the Balkan nation its first ever place in the finals in history, a result that surprised even some fans.

The Three Lions once again scored from a dead ball situation, their eighth set-piece goal of this World Cup.

Celebrities, former players and royalty have been praising the England team for their "beautiful World Cup run", calling them "heroes" who have made the country proud.

Since the breakup started, the country now known as Serbia has qualified for four World Cups, including this year's tournament.

"It's been great to get to this stage but we wanted to go on and win it".

What epitomised all of that for me was the way the England fans behaved this week, after arriving in their thousands before the semi-final.

The game ended with England down to 10 players and out of substitutes. "The dressing room is a very hard place at the moment."Jean Catuffe/Getty ImagesCOMFORTING DANNY ROSE.KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images.AND JORDAN PICKFORDFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty ImagesTHANKING THE FANS " I'm remarkably proud of a group of players who have really advanced, and no one could have given any more", Southgate said. Down to two, both teams are unbeaten in the tournament as they contest for the most prestigious trophy in world football.

In the past, there have been too many occasions when the people who make decisions have been reluctant to back our men, preferring to go for change: sack the manager, show him the door and in the process destroy what may have been a good, workable, possibly ideal, plan for long-term improvement and success.

Francisco says that his favourite player was Ivan Klasnic and that he will always remember him and all the difficulties he went through with his health.

It meant another World Cup semifinal heartbreaker for England, only this time the game was under control before it was lost. "The only disappointment was that we were 1-0 up, and we should have been more".

"We were saying, "OK, today we will see who will be tired".

"The other one is that I know I have played well in the tournament".

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