Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018: Finally, England and Croatia have to banish semifinal blues


Modric and Real came out on top that time, beating Liverpool 3-1, but Henderson is having a stellar tournament and will be looking to get one over on the former Tottenham playmaker.

England, who made an early impression with a 6-1 crushing of Panama in the group stage, then overcame their shootout hoodoo in beating Colombia in the last 16 and looked composed and mature in the 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Sweden.

"I think Raheem has been fundamental to the way that we have played - his movement, the positions he takes up, his pressing of the ball, his work-rate for the team, the winning of free kicks and corners, his speed to stretch teams".

If Vrsaljko is ruled out then Dalic has two options, either bringing in specialist right-back Tin Jedvaj, who played against Iceland, or the more probable option of moving Domagoj Vida to right-back and bringing in the experienced Vedran Corluka to pair Dejan Lovren at centre back. So it is really hard to predict, it's a weird one.

The England boss gave a thumbs up to the cameras and the eerie quiet inside Russia's 81,000-seater arena will give way to thunderous noise and extreme tension on Wednesday night. They may have been forced to overcome Denmark and Russian Federation with penalty shoot-outs, but they cruised through their group with a 100 percent record and possess world-class stars such as Modric and Ivan Rakitic. They were completely out on their feet late against Russian Federation. I'm reading about my own country after each game.

"I just hope we can use this experience to keep going, keep improving and win some trophies along the way".

Is it a case of holding on?

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Halep failed to carry on the momentum, and a huge forehand victor gave Hsieh the first break of the second set and a 2-1 lead. Sasnovich will next meet No. 12 seed Jelena Ostapenko who stopped the Sharapova-killer Vitalia Diatchenko 6-0, 6-4.

And there were growing concerns about whether or not he would be fit enough to be ready in time for Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia.

In terms of the team selection, don't fix something that isn't breaking. I knew that the coach needed another substitution. The more big games we're involved and the more they come out successful in, the more belief it will build.

"We know the quality of their players and the spirit they have as a nation".

I haven't watched England and thought: 'Wow.' In any game.

"We have seen how strong England are at set-pieces and we will have to do better because against Russian Federation we conceded a goal like that". But it's nobody's fault.

As reported by ESPN FC on Monday, the inflatable unicorn races in the swimming pool at England's Repino base, as well as the Fortnite competitions, darts and 10-pin bowling, have turned this World Cup campaign into what Ashley Young described as a "holiday".

"We're going into a semi-final but it just seems like it's the next step on the journey", he said.