England vs Croatia: Croatians booking hotels for final ALREADY

Ross Houston
July 11, 2018

Today, England and Croatia will do battle for the right to face the Frenchmen on Sunday in the last game of the tournament.

Maybe that's why this squad seems unburdened by the weight of history or perhaps it was the complete lack of expectation of them going into the tournament - how else can you explain an England team that have come through a penalty shoot-out scare? It seems with every barrier that gets put in their way, they seem to be getting over it comfortably. That feels like an important fitness test, to me.

Vrsaljko says that he expects the match against England to be completely different than the games against Denmark and Russian Federation.

England are in the last four of the World Cup for the first time since losing to Germany on penalties in 1990.


Kresimir Havranek, 42, a businessman from Zagreb, said: "We are very confident about this match".

England has gone with a 3-5-2, and the only change was to start Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield after Dele Alli injured a thigh.

But he is hopeful he has recovered well ahead of the semi-final against Croatia tonight.

One tour operator has rented a Boeing 777-300ER, the largest airplane to land in Croatia, to carry 457 fans to Moscow on Wednesday, Croatian state news agency HINA said.


Right-back Sime Vrsaljko came off in extra-time during Croatia's quarterfinal victory over Russian Federation and faces a race against time to be fit for the match against England tomorrow.

"This is an incredible result for a small country like Croatia".

Ask anyone rooting for England in the World Cup, and they'll tell you, "It's coming home". Luka Modric and Vedran Corluka have both passed the 100-cap mark, while Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic are closing in on their centuries.

There are two types of football fans during this World Cup. Should he score, he will become just the third player to score on all seven days of the week for England, after Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard.


England and Croatia meet today in the second semifinal of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, with the victor advancing to play France in Sunday's final. - Eight of England's 11 goals at the 2018 World Cup have been scored via set pieces - since 1966, the only team to equal that number in a single World Cup tournament are Portugal in 1966 (also eight goals).

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