Brits will drink 10 million pints tonight during semi-final against Croatia

Brits will drink 10 million pints tonight during semi-final against Croatia

Brits will drink 10 million pints tonight during semi-final against Croatia

BC-SOC-WCup-Croatia Case, 505Convicted Croatia team official keeps World Cup VIP statusAP Photo XDMV254, XAZ109Eds: With AP Photos. Grabar-Kitarovic had earlier received her fan ID for the World Cup 2018 and watched the game not from a luxury stadium suite, but from the stands together with other ordinary football enthusiasts.

(Luka) Modric and (Ivan) Rakitic pressed their backline and we had the ball possession.

After a dramatic win on penalties against hosts Russia, Croatia has repeated the success of the 1998 team which reached the semi-finals in the country's first World Cup as an independent nation.

Croatia's wait to return to a World Cup semi-final has been shorter than England's 28-year absence.

"Croatia has great players playing at the greatest clubs, but it is true we have not had good results at major tournament for decades", the coach said.

"We are deservedly in the final", he said.

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FRANCK FIFE GettyImages

It stayed level at 90 minutes, meaning Croatia faced extra time for the third successive game, having got past Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties. "We started slowly today but we showed our character and again came from a goal behind just like we did in the previous knockout rounds".

If England are able to beat Croatia, they would go on to face either Belgium or France in the final on July 15.

Fans across the country are preparing to roar on the Three Lions as they battle their way through their first semi-final in 28 years.

"Of course there is some power left for the English - we will not stop, we will try to play our best game then", he said.

He spent nearly two years out of global football following Russia's group stage exit from the 2016 European Championship but made a surprise return to the national squad in May.

"Mentally strong team", Rakatic said. "They are a top-drawer team with fantastic players".

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