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What if it is going home? "It was a bit of a joke to begin with that football was coming home".

"This generation has been underrated due to their results but they've had the quality and now they are showing it".

"We take it on the chin, we move on".

Josh Quinn, 22, from Bristol, said: "It was a disappointing performance from England".

"I think we are underdogs from day one and it's good for us, " Lovren said.

And spirits were high in central Moscow as fans sang and cheered late into the night on the eve of the biggest game in almost three decades - a first World Cup semi-final since Italia 90.

Croatia stand in the way of England making their first World Cup final since 1966 as the two teams meet in an intriguing Moscow semi-final.

Vrsaljko, who plays for Atletico Madrid, had struggled to be ready for the match after playing in two previous extra-time matches, but he found the strength to lift his exhausted, battered team to a comeback win.

"His one-on-ones he's getting better and better at".

Jaded Croatia look to master Modric
After praising his players for their performances in reaching the final, Deschamps was asked about his own contribution. Now they are looking to go one step further, but just getting this far is a source of great pride for Croatia .


The coolness displayed by the Real Madrid playmaker in the last-16 tie against the Danes was particularly impressive - having missed a penalty late in extra time, he still stepped up to score another spot-kick only a few minutes later. But ever since the group stage, when they upset Argentina, Croatia have failed to turn on the style.

"Well done Croatia. You were better than us", he posted. England had never overachieved, but this team have in reaching the semifinal. The likes of Jesse Lingard, Harry Maguire and Jordan Pickford have done what Steven Gerrard, John Terry and Joe Hart couldn't. "They played well and made it difficult for us.it's hard to put your finger of it".

Jeremy Corbyn wrote: "A heartbreaking way to go out but won't forget what a great tournament it's been for @England".

"I spent 1,500 quid to watch two teams I don't like!"

"The hopes of a nation were dashed as it became clear England's years of hurt were destined to last another four years". The French ran out winners and are all but ready to lift the trophy. "But Croatia can also cause England problems they haven't had before".

Across the United Kingdom, pubs, bars, gardens and public parks are getting ready to host huge World Cup parties - with police warning fans not to "overstep the line" with any celebrations in light of the excesses following Saturday's quarter-final victory.

But first, they will have to decide among themselves who is more worthy.

His dead-ball ability has led to several England opportunities in the World Cup so far none will compare to his moment five minutes into the game against Croatia.


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