England vs. Croatia: Southgate Urges Team To Create History

When is the third-place play-off?

England's soccer team has the support of Prince William and Prince Harry, even though neither of the royals plans to be present at the World Cup semi-final match in Moscow on Wednesday.

Dead balls were just part of meticulous attention to detail from manager Gareth Southgate and his backroom staff that had seen England surpass all expectations to reach the last four for the first time since 1990.

Heading into the game, we knew England had been the most unsafe team in the World Cup on set pieces, averaging almost a goal per game on them, while Croatia had conceded three of its four World Cup goals on dead-ball plays.

"It's the best opportunity that England's ever had, and probably might ever have", England defender Kyle Walker was quoted as saying by the FIFA's official website.

"We had expected more fans around and a few more bars open, but it's a bit quiet still", he added, speaking on the morning of the game. I have to dream.

"This is the most together England team that I have been involved in", he said.

The foul by Croatia that led to the free kick was totally unnecessary, too: Modric has been terrific in the World Cup, but his foul on Dele Alli was unnecessary. They topped an extremely hard group that included perennial title contenders Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria.

The royal feels the side have "made history" and that he knows "there is more to come from this @england team" in future competitions.

But Mandzukic came out on top soon after the break, latching on to Perisic's headed pass and sending a left-footed effort across Pickford to find the bottom-right corner, securing Croatia a return to the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday for the final. "It will be an attacking game with goals as both teams can't really defend, but it is unlikely to be three shoot-outs in a row for Croatia".

England and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge informed his followers he does not want to see any negativity after the defeat as the squad have "made everyone proud" this month in Russian Federation.

Rebic, along with Andrej Kramaric and Ivan Perisic may feature ahead of the midfield duo of Modric and Rakitic.

Croatia, though, must not be taken lightly. England is also one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you need to respect that.

"That will help us, but the chances are 50-50, I believe, because everybody deserves to be at the semi-final". They now have the chance to avenge that loss and become the ninth nation to win a World Cup final.

Gareth Southgate's side have now found the net 12 times in Russian Federation to break the record of 11 set by the victorious 1966 side.

But while Croatia's superior quality and command of the ball told in the Luzhniki Stadium, their remarkable levels of energy were also key, with this game the third time they have been forced to negotiate extra time in Russian Federation.

They beat Tunisia in their tournament opener thanks to a late Harry Kane goal, brushed aside a poor Panama, edged out Colombia on penalties and easily beat Sweden in the quarter-finals.

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