Zlatko Dalic says Croatia's World Cup progress is no surprise

Lloyd Doyle
July 11, 2018

Dozens of English soccer fans began heading for Moscow in a last-minute rush on Tuesday in an effort to be part of a potentially historic sporting moment as England take on Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals.

Taking advantage of extra match tickets released by organisers 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.

You may well have switched on your TV set at the weekend expecting an exciting game of footy between England and Sweden - which indeed it was. "Now I want to go and see what's going on in Russian Federation", said one fan, Michael Roberts, 27, as he waited for his flight.

Pickford only made his full England debut in November 2017, just seven months before the World Cup in Russian Federation, but he made crucial saves in the team's round-of-16 penalty shoot-out victory over Colombia.

"We've talked, touched briefly, certainly, on the team which won [in 1966]", he said.


England footballing icon Paul Gascoigne has told the current Three Lions crop to "watch each other's back" as they prepare for their World Cup semi final clash with Croatia.

Subasic suffered a tight hamstring towards the end of Croatia's quarter-final win over hosts Russian Federation and was unable to take goal-kicks before the tie went to penalties.

"That could be the case if this petition comes off, but England do have a couple of games of football to win first".

It seems like the choice would be between declaring a national holiday and letting people skip work guilt-free or not declaring one and having the largest sick day in decades.

Mr Corbyn's shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry was first to raise the idea at the beginning of the tournament, when England were seen as a longshot to bring football home.

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