Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Magnificent England will have too much for jaded Croatians

Magnificent England will have too much for jaded Croatians

"I turned my phone off for three hours before the game because I needed an hour's sleep and I just felt now it's no more messages it's just focus, it's about the team and us as a group".

Croatia are a unsafe side who do not possess a prolific striker like Harry Kane, instead they have two of the most skilful midfielders at the World Cup. It might never come around again for me, so I'm trying to take every opportunity, bringing everything I've learned at [Manchester] City and my career to the table.

Many from the town - which has a population of around 60,000 - congregated in main square on Saturday evening to watch Croatia reach the World Cup semi-finals after a penalty shootout victory over Russian Federation, and the 32-year-old forward rewarded them all for getting behind the national team.

A fine deed, certainly, but he may be in for a very hefty tab should Croatia overcome England and reach their first ever World Cup final. Stick to what you're doing, I'm behind you.

"(And at the other end), England are scoring goals and looking very risky at set-pieces". "England has changed over recent years and I'll say it's a more hungry team than before and you could see it in their quarter-final against Colombia and today [England beat Sweden 2-0 earlier on Saturday]".

For Didier Deschamps Les Bleus side the time is now for their star-studded roster to show what they are truly capable of after a run of less than thrilling performances on the way to the semi-finals.

Croatia have gone through two extra times and two penalty shootouts - they must be shot, physically and mentally.

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They will now face Croatia in the last four and, should they progress, come up against either Belgium or France in the final on July 15.

On the memes and celebrations: "I think a lot of the guys, like me, they've switched off to it".

"I thought it was insane". I trusted them to go through this. I speak to a couple of the lads in the squad and they seem calm and composed. The offence carries a penalty of up to five years in jail.

He went on to further praise Sterling's "pace and power" and said his coaches would be analysing Gareth Southgate's team closely over the next two days.

I can not call the first semi-final.

If the game gets stretched either team has the talent to destroy the other.

"France don't have a Hazard, a De Bruyne or a Lukaku, or a Fellaini, who played really well (against Brazil)".

I hope it's an open game, and I don't want to tempt fate but it should give us goals.

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