England beat Sweden and Croatia defeat Russia

Ross Houston
July 12, 2018

"And he paid 25,000 kuna (around £3,000) so that he could buy fans drinks who turned up to watch the quarter final clash at the Brod Fortress".

Set pieces have been the main source of goals at the tournament in Russian Federation - 42 percent, no less - and England has been the master of that department on its run to Wedneday's semifinal match against Croatia. In England's class of 2018, free kicks, corners and wide crosses are mostly provided by England's wing backs, Young and Kieran Trippier, and they are proving tough to defend. We have to enjoy the moment, then tomorrow we prepare for England, we have one day less for preparation.

"We know them well". [The media] just said to them: "Just do what you can", but now even you are hoping that it can come home, yeah?

Those three words, from the anthem Three Lions (Football's Coming Home) by Baddiel and Skinner and the Lightning Seeds, have become the mantra of England.

England's last appearance at this stage was in 1990 when they lost in a penalty shootout to West Germany in Turin.

If the match is to be won in 90 minutes, punters are predicting a 2-1 victory for England, while 65% of bets will be on England to win. "They are still great guys for us, they are heroes", said Peskov. "We can not do anything to stop this from happening other than hope that they have read this letter and think twice before acting".

"Russia has shown the world what kind of championship we can have - the best in the world", said another fan.

Suker, part of the Croatia team that reached the semifinals of the 1998 tournament, hailed Real Madrid's Modric as an inspiration.

"We have the better team".

Despite some disappointing early performances, England coach Gareth Southgate has kept faith with the 23-year-old and his speed was a constant threat to Sweden's defence in England's 2-0 quarter-final win on Saturday.

He said: "I don't read what is going on in England, I am reading about my own country after each game".

Sandy Castle, general manager at the pub told the Recorder: "We chose to publish the letter to reach out to our customers, to remind them how much we enjoy hosting events like this and providing a safe environment for everyone".

The two sides face off in Moscow, with the victor going on to play either Belgium or France in the final of the tournament.

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