Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

What colour kit will England wear in semi-final vs Croatia?

What colour kit will England wear in semi-final vs Croatia?

Barcelona midfielder Rakitic scored the decisive spot-kick as Croatia beat Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties after a dramatic quarter-final in Sochi on Sunday morning (Singapore time) finished 2-2 at the end of extra-time.

That said, Suker, who helped Croatia reach the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup, has credited the Three Lions for their improvement this summer.

"It's a great achievement for the team, we owed it to the fans back home who believed in us", said Alli.

"Not only is he playing well throughout the match, but he is showing great confidence about him which he proved with two decisive penalties in the round of 16 and the quarter-finals".

"But we are looking forward to a different style of game against England because they like to play attacking football". France won 4-2 when the teams met in the group stages in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

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Brazil lead the list with seven wins in 2002 (and six in 1970), while Argentina won five consecutive games in both 1986 and 2014. Brazil coach Tite dismissed talk that his team is the favourite to win the match against Belgium, let alone the World Cup .

Vukojevic, who now works as a scout at Dynamo but is with his national team for their World Cup campaign, added: "This victory is for Dinamo and Ukraine".

Croatia stand between England and the World Cup final.

"Cancel your plans for Wednesday night - England have reached their first World Cup semi-final in almost 30 years", said the Sun on Sunday.

Croatia sent a fearless Denmark side home via penalties too last Sunday.

Ivan Rakitic, so often a key man for Barcelona, was not almost as influential as at club level, while in defence, Russia's Mario Fernandes beat more highly rated defenders to head home a late equaliser. The European side hadn't managed to taste success in seven matches in the lead-up to the quadrennial tournament and lost a few key players, including influential striker Alexandr Kokorin, to injury. "My mum and sister watched every one of their World Cup games at my place, passionately supporting them, and they have never watched football in their lives!"

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At this stage of the tournament, there are only four days between matches.

The 30-year-old playmaker hails from Switzerland, but competes internationally from Croatia, and plays for FC Barcelona.

Sergei Ignashevich has announced his retirement from football following Russia's World Cup quarter-final defeat to Croatia. The South Americans were aggressive, intelligent and cohesive, but there were times after Raphael Varane's opening goal when France effectively held them at arm's length. Croatia are in the semis.

"You can see they have been working hard on set-pieces - that's why they're scoring so much".

Fernandes, who was born in Brazil but rejected a chance to play for that country's national team in 2011, sent his penalty kick wide of the net in the shootout, giving Croatia the advantage.

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