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How to watch the semi-finals

How to watch the semi-finals

The charismatic 49-year-old - who is in Russian Federation as a TV pundit for English broadcaster ITV - told The Daily Mail Modric and fellow superstar Ivan Rakitic will pose problems for England in their World Cup semi-final on Wednesday they have not had to encounter thus far. But before they didn't have any pressure.

Southgate has engendered a more open, relaxed environment at national team level, with the players carrying less emotional baggage and playing with more freedom.

Teenager Kylian Mbappe has come alive in this tournament and became the first teenager to score two goals in a World Cup match since Pele in 1958 when he hit a brace in the 4-3 round-of-16 win over Argentina. "There were so many big-quality teams and they are home by now".

The Golden Boot is is the name of the award presented to the player who scores the most goals in the World Cup. "We have never won the World Cup so we can't say the same thing, can we?".

A World Cup champion will be crowned on Sunday.

"England play a little different than previously, attacking-minded and attractive", he said.

The Croatian midfielders have been in imperious form throughout the tournament and will pose a significant threat to the Three Lions during their semi-final clash on Wednesday.

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France and Belgium are two attractive, entertaining sides with big names lining up on both ends of the field.

England have been handed a boost following the news that Croatia defender Sime Vrsaljko will miss their World Cup semifinal through injury.

Taking advantage of extra match tickets released by organizers Federation Internationale de Football Association and additional seats provided on Moscow-bound flights from Britain, they converged on London's Heathrow airport with hope in their hearts.

Robert Prosinecki, a member of the 1998 squad, said: "I would so much like that they be better than us".

Croatia secured its place in the semi-finals after a dramatic win over Russian Federation, which lost 4-3 due to penalties.

"So we feared the worst in a penalty shootout against Denmark. We will enjoy this game and hopefully we can make history".

"If you're asking me a question in a one-off final can we do it?"


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