Croatia plots 'football Brexit' as England World Cup semi looms


Today, England and Croatia will do battle for the right to face the Frenchmen on Sunday in the last game of the tournament.

Adam Lulic said the game was surreal.

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 quarter-final victory over Sweden.

"This is really a big day for Croatian sport and football, it is a success that we will remember for generations".

Mario Mandzukic completed the turnaround around with the victor on 109 minutes to send his country through to Sunday's final against France.

"It's great to win". I can not remember the last time national euphoria over football was so palpable."It is perhaps no wonder that the loudest cheerleader of their World Cup run is their President, who is up for re-election in just over a year".

Across the city, the Grove Pub and Restaurant on Stafford Street was at capacity with hopeful England fans. "God willing, we will be world champions".

Both teams went on strong offensives testing each other from the onset of the match, but it was England to open the score by England's defender Kieran Trippier going just six minutes into the game. "I think we can do that successfully", Southgate state.

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Peter Corcoran watched on the edge of his seat, alongside his family and friends.

England were the favourites heading in to the semifinal, but it wasn't to be, and those watching at home were left distraught, some in tears.

"There's an terrible lot of people with their heads down but they should have their heads up".

"Finals have to be won because we have still not got over the one we lost two years ago", said Deschamps.

Vukojevic, a former Croatia worldwide, published the video on social media after the match on Saturday in a move which was criticised by Russian politicians.

Croatia fans celebrate at the end of the semifinal match between Croatia and England, in Zagreb. He wishes the team "all the luck" in Sunday's final against France.

Neither team came to Russian Federation being heralded as favourites but they have produced performances throughout the competition which have shown they were underestimated by the pundits.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.