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Croatia search for missing sparks ahead of England clash

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Kristopher Love | 10 July, 2018, 17:07

The video of her celebration in the VIP box in front of a visibly sad Russian PM has gone viral over social media.

Samedov, who will turn 34 in July, has been playing for the national team since 2011, earning a total of 52 caps, including three group-stage matches against Belgium, Algeria and South Korea at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

But as in the previous match against Denmark - which Croatia also won on penalties after an insipid 1-1 draw - all too often his team mates failed to do anything with them.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has identified Raheem Sterling as England's danger man in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

They can, however, be proud of their efforts, with a run to the last eight exceeding expectations for a side written off as no-hopers before the tournament.

"But of course you get an accumulation of fatigue through a tournament, that's why we took the decision we did against Belgium more than anything".

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"It'd be fantastic if the Sbornaya organised a tour of Russian cities and met the fans all over the country", said Anton Voronin from Krasnodar, who was at the historic match against Spain at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Round of 16.

"So, hopefully we are going to play the way we can". "We don't want to stop".

Speaking before yesterday's game, Mrs May said: "I have always said that we take this every game at a time, as I think Gareth Southgate has said for his team".

"We have enough time to rest and prepare well", said Modric. Denis Cheryshev said the most important thing about the World Cup was that it gave joy to the entire country.

SAMARA, Russia (AP) - England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup.

"When you look at it like that, obviously it's great, but more importantly it was about the team", he said.

Croatia are the second side to progress from a penalty shoot-out in consecutive knockout games in a World Cup after Argentina in 1990.

"I can't tell you their gameplan or tactics - but I know our gameplan".