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England lauds Kieran Trippier’s goal against Croatia, says, ‘It’s coming home!’

England lauds Kieran Trippier’s goal against Croatia, says, ‘It’s coming home!’

Former England captain Steven Gerrard says Gareth Southgate's side have "done the country proud" - and believes they will beat Croatia in their World Cup semi-final. Croatia remain a talented team, with Modric inarguably the best midfielder of this generation, but they are knackered after playing two games which went till penalties.

Shortly after that, Ivan Perisic nipped in ahead of Walker to guide home Croatia's equaliser off the studs of his left boot.

Dele Alli, who has struggled with a thigh problem this tournament, was taken off 15 minutes before the end against Sweden and England's extra freshness could be a factor this evening. The last time they won the tournament was in their home stadium in 1966.

Pawas Neer: "While Croatia were a great side in the group stage, they have failed to finish the games even inside 120 minutes in the knockouts". I think, to be fair, the public have done that.

The unofficial World Cup finalists.

In the semi-final in Moscow this evening (7pm) Croatia stand in the way of England setting up a World Cup final date with France on Sunday.

"This has been the topic of discussion the past 20 years", Dalic said.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker has played in all of England's matches here except their Group "G" match against Belgium which they lost 1.0.

England had been the ones hoping to make history, in what was their first appearance in the semifinals in 28 years.

England made a blistering start, surging into an early lead thanks to a stunning free-kick from Kieran Trippier.

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England could have scored a second when Jesse Lingard received the ball in space on the edge of the box in the 35th but shot wide.

"I want to say to English fans: "Guys, get it together, come to Russian Federation and support your national team because they have got into the semi-final", Lopyreva said.

Perisic should have added another three minutes later when ragged defending presented him with a great shooting chance but he cannoned the ball against a post.

It was a different game from then on, with Croatia suddenly playing with accuracy and objective as England lost momentum, though Kane missed a chance to win it in stoppage time when he headed wide from a free kick.

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic scores the decisive goal in his team's semifinal against England.

"This is a miracle".

England managed to hang on to force an extra 30 minutes and initially looked the more threatening of the two teams once again in the additional period.

For England, who captured so many hearts with their run to the semifinals, there will be the same disappointment that has haunted them at big tournaments across the world for 52 years. and counting.

England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to name the same XI against Croatia as he did in the victories over Colombia and Sweden which saw them reach the final four.

Perisic almost followed up with a second goal moments after his first but he hit the post for the second game in succession. "We do not want to say we are exhausted, because there are still plenty of opportunities to exhaust ourselves".


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