England target World Cup final but gifted Croatia stand in the way


England target World Cup final but gifted Croatia stand in the way

But when England face Croatia in Russian Federation on Wednesday, there may only be only a few thousand England supporters present.

Croatia may be a small country, but when they take on England, their team's supporters promise to be loud.

There are concerns that fatigue could be a factor for Zlatko Dalic's side, given they were forced to come through 120 minutes and penalties against both the hosts and Denmark in the last two rounds. That feels like an important fitness test, to me.

"I am perfectly ready and fit and I can say the same for my teammates".

"It's wonderful what the team has achieved, not only this World Cup but in the first one they ever took part in in 1998 when they took out bronze".

Kresimir Havranek, 42, a businessman from Zagreb, said: "We are very confident about this match".

Recent Australian Bureau of Statistics data reveals about 4300 Croatian-born people live in Perth, compared with 166,695 English people.

France reached the final for the third time in their history on Tuesday when a second-half header from Samuel Umtiti gave the 1998 champions a 1-0 victory against Belgium in Saint Petersburg.

"They aren't in the semifinal for no reason", he said at a news conference.

"I've got a amusing feeling that the momentum is so good, and, you know, especially now that we're all going to turn up with special Gareth waistcoats, and that can only help can't it", said fan Lee Walkup, 50. Croatia looked a little vulnerable in the second half against Denmark and then conceded a set-piece against Russian Federation.

Henderson is expected to recover from a muscle complaint in time to start, and that could be crucial for England.

- England has not beaten two European nations in a single World Cup since 1982, when it beat Czechoslovakia and France.

"I'm a little bit anxious about Harry Kane".

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle is concerned with Harry Kane's fitness ahead of Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against Croatia.

The contribution of Raheem Sterling remains a polarising debate in England, with the Manchester City player without a goal for his country since October 2015, but Southgate says the forward's contribution in Russian Federation has been essential. In the last few seasons he's always scored more than 25 goals and he's one of the best strikers in the world.