What colour kit will England wear in semi-final vs Croatia?

Ross Houston
July 9, 2018

A huge crowd of people at the FIFA Fan Fest on Vorobyovy Gory greeted the team with thunderous applause and loud chants "Rossiya" and "Spasibo" to mark the Sbornaya's remarkable accomplishments at the home World Cup. This is not unusual and happened as recently as 2006.

If it boils down to a football contest in Moscow, Croatia's ability on the ball will be a huge test for England.

Subasic had been the hero in Croatia's round of 16 win over Denmark where he equalled the World Cup record for most saves in a shootout, with three.

France will be just as big a challenge, though, as Didier Deschamps has found a functional formula to lead his side to the semis. How and where do the teams stand and who will reach the final?

"Thank you for the honest, genuine emotions you gave us thoughout the World Cup", they wrote.

They also won a shootout for the first time in four World Cup attempts by knocking out Colombia in the last 16, a sign of their progress in preparing for every possible outcome.

England may have been swept up in the belief that "it's coming home" but in Croatia, they are going to face the toughest test of any side they have faced so far. Russia's most tourist-friendly city is also easily accessible from Moscow. Deschamps subsequently received plenty of flak from the press.

"Even those who didn't believe in them started believing, in the end".

The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked team in the tournament at No. 70, were trying to make it to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the Soviet Union finished fourth at the 1966 tournament in England.

"They've shown character once again", Dalic said. Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba, despite starting slowly are close to being their absolute best.

But Rakitic jumped to the defence of his midfield co-star after the match.

Belgium, meanwhile, have grown from strength to strength. "And he who does, wins".

The Red Devils got their tactics spot on, with manager Roberto Martinez setting up with Romelu Lukaku on the right flank, Kevin De Bruyne at the point of the attack and Eden Hazard in a floating role from the left wing. Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev said the team had played with all the heart and soul.

How they got there France made smooth work of beating Uruguay 2-0 in their quarter-final, with Raphael Varane and Antonie Griezmann the goalscorers. In all three duels, they gave Croatia the advantage.

Harry Kane, despite having a subdued outing against Sweden in the quarter-finals is leading from the front. Only Belgium have had more with nine (excluding own goals). Gareth Southgate was holding on to the job because of a weird turn of events.

They now have the chance to play two games in Moscow's 78,000-capacity Luzhniki Stadium in five days - matches that could see them crowned world champions for only the second time in history. David Beckham and Co were expected to storm their way to the second title.

"We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game". Croatia are in the semis.

The relatively fresh Englishmen have a slight edge here.

Iva Majoli said: "It was an fantastic atmosphere for Russian Federation and very hard for Croatia when the whole stadium is against you".

One problem is the modest form of forward Mario Mandzukic and midfielder Ivan Perisic. One can't rule out England snatching a loss from the jaws of victory either.

The regulation time ended 2-2 before Croatia sealed their qualification to the last four of the tournament winning on penalties.

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