England will wear all-white strip against Croatia in World Cup semi

England will wear all-white strip against Croatia in World Cup semi

Russian Federation were awarded a free-kick after Josip Pivarić handles the ball and the World Cup hosts get their equaliser. "When you've got all these other teams, France, Belgium, England, that's the top teams from the beginning and we are the underdogs".

"We worked so hard and gave everything we had to get through to the semis".

Thousands of fans have gathered in Moscow to welcome back the Russian team after its narrow loss in the World Cup quarterfinals.

The five-time world champions left the World Cup empty handed after losing to Belgium in the quarterfinals, leaving only European teams contending for the title in Russian Federation. Such awards are for the contribution you've made.

"The English side are great and for that reason we have to show even more than we've already signed", the Liverpool defender said.

Both teams are filled with some of the best players in the world.

Croatia is in the World Cup semifinals for the second time and first since 1998 when they first entered the competition following the break-up of Yugoslavia.

Belgium has Romelu Lukaku leading the line, with Kevin De Bruyne, Marouane Fellaini, and Eden Hazard playing behind the striker.

Vida was on the scoresheet with an extra-time header as Croatia triumphed on penalties following a thrilling 2-2 draw in Sochi on Saturday, booking a semi-final clash against England.

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Some of the players also took to social media to thank teammates and fans, including goal keeper Igor Akinfeev.

Roberto Martinez celebrates Belgium;s quarter-final win over Brazil.

While they too had to rely on a penalty shootout in order to reach the quarterfinal, momentum is now with ENGLAND after Gareth Southgate's men backed that up with a much more comprehensive 2-0 win over Sweden.

Croatia grabbed the last place in the final four on Wednesday after eliminating hosts Russian Federation on penalties.

Domagoj Vida then headed Zlatko Dalic's side in front in extra-time, only for Mario Fernandes to make it 2-2 in the 115th minute.

Croatia were agonisingly close to scoring on the hour when Russia's defence failed to clear the ball and Ivan Perisic's shot hit the inside of the post but rebounded harmlessly across the face of the goal.

Ivan Rakitic, so often a key man for Barcelona, was not almost as influential as at club level, while in defence, Russia's Mario Fernandes beat more highly rated defenders to head home a late equaliser.

Modric (dodgy penalty attempts aside) has carried his Real Madrid Champions League form into the World Cup finals and remains at his peak at 32. - Only one of the last six World Cup matches to go to extra-time has not gone to penalties - the 2014 final between Germany and Argentina.

Rakitic remains the ideal foil to Modric. At that point, Subasic had to go the rest of the way for the Croatians.

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