Finally, England and Croatia have chance to banish semi blues

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More than 24,000 fans attended a meeting with the national football team in Moscow to thank the players for their historic World Cup performance, which saw them progress to the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

England defender John Stones has declared that he and his teammates are really looking forward to the Croatia game which they hope to win and qualify for the World Cup final.

England qualified for the semis by beating Sweden 2-0 and will face Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium on 11 July at 18h00 GMT. "They are still great guys for us, they are heroes", said Peskov. I asked him and he said he was OK, it did not affect him much.

According to Croatian website Vercenji List, however, the player trained with the rest of the squad on Tuesday and could be ready to play against England this week.

The Three Lions have scored eight times from set-pieces in Russian Federation already, the most at a World Cup since Portugal in 1966.

"We know where we are".

"They fought. It was a real playoff match against not the weakest team in the world".

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But Croatia still lack a major title, and this World Cup is seen as the last chance for this golden generation, which apart from Modric includes Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic and Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is really fast and his combination with Harry Kane is really risky".

Or will Croatia put an end to the choruses of Football's Coming Home ringing out around the country? - the author of the article wonders.

"We all temporarily forgot our problems, no one thinks about anything else", Robert Halilovic, owner of cafe "Cup 98", named after the 1998 tournament in France, told AFP. "I've played against Modric and he's world class ... one of the best there is".

FIFA said it is "monitoring the situation concerning Mr. Vrbanovic as it expects all officials and member associations involved in the 2018 FIFA World Cup to abide by the core values of fair play and protect the image of football".

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