England pledge to attack Croatia in World Cup semi-final

World Cup 2018: Croatia vs. England preview, time, how to watch

World Cup 2018: Croatia vs. England preview, time, how to watch

"'Football's coming home' is a song I couldn't even listen to for 20 years, frankly, so for me it has a slightly different feel, " Southgate said Tuesday on the eve of England's World Cup semifinal match against Croatia.

The victor of England vs Croatia will face France in Sunday's final.

About 30,000 people are expected in London's Hyde Park alone, where a special screening has been organised.

"England are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you have to respect that", he said. They have not advanced to the Final since 1966, when they won it all.

Although the vast majority of Croatia fans are wearing their famous red and white checks, the team will be forced to wear blue and black checks against England due to kit clashes.

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

Now the song, with its repeated chorus of "football's coming home, " is a staple again, No. 5 this week on YouTube UK's top music videos chart with more than 2 million views on the day of England's last game. He laughed as he replied: "Most definitely".

"We have a better team, and team spirit, and that is the most important thing".

The experienced Croatian team is led by arguably the player of the tournament so far, Luka Modric.

"I think Raheem has been fundamental to the way that we have played - his movement, the positions he takes up, his pressing of the ball, his work-rate for the team, the winning of free-kicks and corners, his speed to stretch teams". Although there's often outrage in the country when ITV shows a game over the BBC, largely as a result of the ad breaks during halftime, ITV commentators Jon Champion and Ally McCoist have emerged as one of the most popular pairings in a long time.

He was rested for the final group game against Belgium, the Three Lions' only defeat so far.

Power chiefs would monitor half-time and full-time surges "second by second" and if necessary flick the switch to turn on an instant power station in north Wales dubbed Electric Mountain, they said.

Fears of violence and racism ahead of the World Cup, bolstered by memories of clashes between England and Russian Federation fans Marseille during the European Championship in France in 2016, may have put supporters off travel to Russian Federation for the tournament.

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