Croatia fans display banner in downtown Moscow

Lynette Rowe
July 12, 2018

Before you lock in your 2018 World Cup picks for France vs. Croatia, you need to see what European football expert David Sumpter has to say. Croatia has never advanced to the championship match.

Fleetwood and Hatton, two of England's top rising stars were disappointed, and they haven't even had to endure as much pain as some of the veterans like Justin Rose and Ian Poulter.

Then Mandzukic scored, giving Croatia the lead for the first time in the match, and there was no way back for England.

The players quickly tended to Cortez and made him part of the celebration once they realized he was OK.

"England have reason to cry because they were so close to [reaching the World Cup final], but they have also have reason to be optimistic", the Manchester United manager told RT. Once again they found themselves behind as Kieran Trippier's fifth-minute free-kick had put England ahead.

"But if we are ready and compact like we were against Argentina, I don't believe we'll have any problems".

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

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Croatia will be looking to reach the World Cup final for the second time in their history if they beat England today. We achieved success as a compact team who do not give in, who work for one another and this is maybe one of the best periods for Luka. "I think he's given everything for the team and there was a period of the game in the second half where we didn't have that controlled possession".

Are you happy with England's World Cup campaign? "And they're just thinking, "we'll get behind these lads". "We're looking forward to the future", said Young.

"Every time we wear the shirt we want to play well and win".

England's largest travelling support of the tournament so far, estimated before the game to be up to 10,000, were in full voice throughout, urging their young Lions on.

"We're estimating eight to 10,000 - it's really hard to tell because when people take direct routes it's obviously easy to count them but people might come by diverse routes, there are quite a lot of expats here and other fans staying out".

England got off to a hot start in its World Cup semifinal match against Croatia on Wednesday.

"This is fantastic. Two players played with half a leg, but it didn't show".

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