England’s World Cup adventure has helped heal the scars of history

13 July, 2018, 07:48 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Football fans at the Watersplash watch England’s quarter-final match against Sweden on Saturday

England boss Gareth Southgate found himself talking about rubber chickens and waistcoats as he finalised his plans for the World Cup semi-final showdown with Croatia. 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".

"It was very tough but we showed our character just like in the first two knockout matches", said Perisic.

"That enabled Croatia to dominate that midfield area and get their full-backs into play, they were creating 2-v-1s in wide areas".

"I could only dream to play for my country and to score one of the most important goals".

"They are young but they have character, a (winning) mentality".

The national football team of hosts Russian Federation managed to make it to the quarterfinals stage of this world championship, where Croatia edged them out in a 4-2 penalty shootout on July 7 at the Fisht Arena in Sochi.

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Just don't suggest Croatia will be tired in Sunday's final when it returns to the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

Among the best was Marcelo Brozovic, the Inter Milan midfielder brought into the line-up to provide extra steel in front of the defence.

"They played their best, it obviously wasn't to be". "I told the players before the game there was no pressure - we have reached the semi-finals, enjoy your football and this was exactly what we did".

When Croatia scored the goal that took them into the World Cup final on Wednesday, an AFP photographer unwittingly became part of the celebrations as he was buried under a pile of joyous players. We will want to give a performance of huge pride, no question about that.

England, meanwhile, "blew our chances", said 17-year-old Josh Ogunde after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near Trafalgar Square in central London as the disappointed crowds streamed home.

He will just be hoping that all of them are fit enough for one last effort against a fearsome French side. I am delighted that good teamwork has meant we have been able to pull out all the stops alongside Government and other agencies to arrange this big screening.

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