Proud of England’s performance at the World Cup 2018, says Wayne Rooney

Proud of England’s performance at the World Cup 2018, says Wayne Rooney

Proud of England’s performance at the World Cup 2018, says Wayne Rooney

France faces Belgium on Tuesday for a place in Sunday's World Cup final while England take on Croatia in the other semi-final on Wednesday.

Croatia have sacked one of their coaching staff, Ognjen Vukojevic after he posted a pro-Ukraine video following the penalty shootout win over Russian Federation in the World Cup quarter-finals. Croatia also has a prime minister who is in charge of the government while the president leads the parliament and is the head of state.

Of the 73 meetings between the teams, Belgium has won 30 and France 24, with 19 draws between them, although if Belgium is to reach their first World Cup final they will have to do so by beating France at the tournament for the first time.

But Tapalovic, who made three appearances for Croatia, believes they are more likely to try to counter against England.

Despite the pre-World Cup barbs and snipes regarding Russia's quality and the politically-charged commentary related to the hosts, they bowed out in style, having exceeded expectations and injected the tournament with a healthy dose of enthusiasm.

"We've seen throughout the games that he is doing really well but we have shown throughout the tournament that all of our players are risky", Mandzukic told the Daily Star. "For the players and Gareth, I wish them massive good luck. Something had to change to get the results", Dalic said.

The worrying thought about what we will do with ourselves once it is over can wait, because two well-matched semi-finals await.

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The bloody days of civil war are long gone; the children with fractured innocence are now carrying the flag of Croatia in the World Cup semifinal.

The Russians as hosts did not need to qualify for the World Cup and their ranking of 70 in the world was the lowest among all teams in Russia, even lower than global football minnows Saudi Arabia.

The path to the final, to history in fact, could not have been easier-no, England cannot be considered a strong side-and this is Croatia's best chance, if they make use of the incredible talent they have in midfield.

Bilic was at the helm when Croatia were seconds away from the Euro 2008 semi-finals, only for Turkey to level and progress on penalties.

"He could go on and that was the most important thing", Modric said of his goalkeeper. We want those who are 100 percent match fit.

"Those memories are painful and the players realise this is their time", said Bilic. Those players on the pitch must be perfectly fit.

"We are four million people, four million coaches and four million players".

"Holding the ball up, tirelessly stretching defenses into submission and making intelligent runs either onto throughballs or to open up space for Croatia's craftsmen are all caveats to Mandzukic's game".

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