Federation Internationale de Football Association recognises World Cup fever in Bangladesh

General view inside the Samara Arena before the Sweden vs England quarter-final. This stadium hosted six matches of the World Cup. Reuters

General view inside the Samara Arena before the Sweden vs England quarter-final. This stadium hosted six matches of the World Cup. Reuters

Fresh from another penalty shoot-out win, Croatia captain Luka Modric said his team would have to work on defending set-pieces ahead of their World Cup semi-final clash against England on Thursday morning (Singapore time).

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

For many fans, the fact that Russian Federation lost only in a penalty shootout against a team widely considered to be one of the most skilled in the tournament was a victory in itself.

Belgium and France face each other today (Jul 10) in 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinal.

England and Croatia will square off Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET to see which nation will advance to the 2018 World Cup final.

Now, finally, there is a team ready to join them in Croatian football's pantheon of heroes.

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. "We have succeeded I believe, but it is time to take a step forward".

Get breaking news alerts. Numerous Croatia players said arriving in Sochi immediately after the round of 16 win over Denmark was a major benefit, but now are facing a rapid recovery.

Ahead of their biggest game in a generation, Southgate has told his players the next few days can change their lives for ever.

"It's all there, it's all apparent and we've just got to prepare them as well as we can for the game". "We want to showcase the passion for football in Qatar and highlight football's unique ability to unite people of all cultures and backgrounds".

The playmaker, who won a third successive Champions League title with Real Madrid before coming to Russian Federation, brushed off suggestions that his performance might put him in the running for the Ballon d'Or prize as the world's best player.

Most importantly, they won for us, for the whole country.

"But I thought we handled it really well".

He said: "We have power left for England".

It made Alli (22) the second youngest England scorer in a World Cup game, after Michael Owen.

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