Russian Federation 2018: Stones eyeing final spot with England

Right defender of Croatia SME Vrsaljko will not help the team in the world Cup semi-final against England.

In a video which was published on her official Facebook page she is seen dancing and singing along with the members of the Croatian team in the dressing room.

Croatia have reached this stage before in 1998 when a team featuring Davor Suker and Slaven Bilic knocked out Germany in the quarter-finals before eventually losing to winners France in the semi-finals.

World Cup semi-finals England - Croatia will be held on July 11 in Moscow.

"We came to support our team as we do not think they lost", said Kristina Ladygina, waiting at the Federation Internationale de Football Association "fan fest" zone for the players to appear.

President Vladimir Putin did not attend the game, but watched remotely, saying the players were heroes despite the defeat and the country was proud of them, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was cited as saying by Interfax.

England's 2-0 victory on Saturday over Sweden has got the country dreaming that "football is coming home" after 52 years of disappointments at major tournaments.

"From the start of the second half we played much better, but unfortunately we couldn't finish the game".

"We played twice for 120 minutes in six days and spent tremendously, physically and mentally", he said.

"Thank you, Russia. For the atmosphere and the celebration of football".

"Once in a lifetime - Modric's "Fiery Ones" fight for World Cup final!" read the Sportske Novosti daily front page.

"It could be said that we have the more experience", said Mandzukic at the Luzhniki Training Centre, where Croatia shifted their base from St Petersburg following their quarter-final shootout triumph against hosts Russian Federation.

"We have already accomplished something but this team can do more", he said.

Barcelona signed him in 2014 and although he has won everything with his clubs - including three leagues, one Champions League title and a Europa League trophy - he is yet to lift a trophy with his national team.

Luka Modric is the world's best midfielder and Croatia's greatest ever player, according to Jermaine Jenas. "We don't have any chances to win this Cup and of course we are sad".

"We are a tennis tournament but we are aware that there is something special going on elsewhere".

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