Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

These are the semi-final matchups at the FIFA World Cup (SCHEDULE)

These are the semi-final matchups at the FIFA World Cup (SCHEDULE)

England midfielder Dele Alli admits that he is "enjoying" the ride in Russian Federation and hopes to continue bringing the nation together by reaching the World Cup final.

England face Croatia on Wednesday in the semi-final with a chance to face France or Belgium in Sunday's final in Moscow on the line.

Belgium has never been to the final of a World Cup, but that's exactly what they look poised to do as the highest-ranked team (No. 3 in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings) left in the tournament.

'They [Croatia] have got some fantastic players. 'I think we all know that. I just get emotional when I think about my boy on these type of pictures with his team mates and the World Cup.

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Hurst said none of the three teams still in Russian Federation should frighten England.

He said: 'It's emotional because he ( his father) has made a lot of sacrifices when I was younger, for me and my brother, who was a professional footballer. We've been playing well, we're learning and we're all enjoying it. I've played with Luka [Modric] and for me he is one of the best midfielders in the world by far. Sweden are a tough team to play against and they showed that in their other games but in the end it was a good night for us.

"You obviously have got your family at home and the kids that you need to keep in touch with, keep checking in or the missus might go mad".

The Three Lions squad and management team arrived at their training base in Repino just after midnight local time and spent the day recuperating as World Cup fever gripped the nation.

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He added: "Hopefully we had a long month together, which we have done".

Croatia players were less vocal on social media after narrowly progressing to their first semi-final appearance since 1994, but it can not be denied that the players are not motivated for Wednesday evening. We go out and we download and we stream Three Lions, and you know why, because it's coming home.

"The consistent comparisons and messages I receive from friends all came about since Harry Kane's success at Tottenham over the past two years, and especially this World Cup".

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