Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup


Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

Alright lads, strap into your VW Polos, drive down to the local pisser, order a round of Carlsberg Special Brews and locate the least moist pub booth you can: it's the World Cup semi-final showdown between England and Croatia. England made Croatia pay instantly, with Kieran Trippier bending a flawless free kick over the wall and by a diving Danijel Subasic to give the Three Lions an early 1-0 lead and a dream start. Visit SportsLine now to see the strong Croatia-England pick, all from a European football expert whose powerful model is up 1,800 percent in less than three years. The only other team to win two shootouts in a single World Cup was Argentina in 1990.

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"We've made several pieces of history", England manager Gareth Southgate told BBC Sport.

When the song first was released, the chorus proclaimed "Three lions on a shirt/Jules Rimet still gleaming/Thirty years of hurt/never stopped me dreaming".

In their quarter-final clash with Russia, the Croats showed a different side, being willing to slug it out with the Russians for 120 minutes before keeping their cool and winning the shootout in such a partisan atmosphere.

England last won the World Cup in 1996. We keep looking to break the barriers down.

Croatia and England's fans supporting their team at the World Cup.

"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.

What England can not do is let this chance pass them by as while Croatia are a decent team, they are not world beaters and their presence in this semi-final presents Gareth Southgate and his players with an incredible chance to reach a World Cup final.

England has looked strong at set pieces - eight of their 11 goals have come from set plays, including three penalties - and will have noticed that Croatia conceded from a free-kick in extra-time against Russian Federation.

He could have scored even more goals if he had been given the kind of quality supply he gets from Christian Eriksen and the wide players at Spurs, but Jesse Lingard, Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli have all come up short in my eyes. We're here to play football, enjoy ourselves and give our all. "We do not want to say we are exhausted, because there are still plenty of opportunities to exhaust ourselves". We have not been exhausted. We're gonna watch this together, and you know what?