Ignashevich retires after Russia's World Cup exit

Russia scored one of the biggest shocks in recent World Cup history by beating Spain in the last 16

Russia scored one of the biggest shocks in recent World Cup history by beating Spain in the last 16

Former Croatia coach Slaven Bilic believes a constant theme in their national sides is their ability to raise their game against big sides, hence their low-key performances against Denmark and Russian Federation in the knockout stages, beating both on penalties, should be disregarded.

While Croatian players, who have been asked constantly about the generation of 1998 and never fail to express their admiration for the likes of Zvonimir Boban and Davor Suker, those comparisons are a weight they feel is unneeded.

England would qualify for the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 but there was little to write home about from either. "I don't know if there is a different mentality but it seems that they are more like a team".

England continued their prolific use of set-plays to break the deadlock in their 2-0 win over Sweden when Harry Maguire headed home from a corner. "I am crying! We will party all night", said a fan before being mobbed by other fans on the main square in Zagreb.

"What they did was impressive but we want to keep writing our own history and enjoy what we are doing which is very positive", he added. "We're looking forward to the future", said Young.

Their early struggles had "Les Bleus" being written off in some quarters, but all that changed when they faced Argentina in the last 16 in what must be a leading contender for the most exciting match of the tournament.

Popular song "Play my Croatia" is being played on radio stations and waiters, shop workers, TV presenters and nurses are dressed in red-and-white jerseys.

The coach, however, will have to wait and see if defender Sime Vrsaljko, who played in four of their five games, will be fit for the match after picking up a knee injury.

"So, I'm pleased for him that he's in a semi-final of a World Cup, but hopefully that journey for him ends tomorrow". But it's a semi-final. Modric has consistently looked better when he has played higher up the pitch and it is plain that one of England's major challenges will be to nullify him.

But it was not meant to be as Croatia won 4-3 on penalties to advance to a semi-final against England, leaving numerous 48,0000 fans at Sochi's Fisht Stadium in tears.

"Someone mentioned it the other day to us", Henderson said with a smile.

"Unbelievable!. I can't believe that we have again won in the same way".

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