England fans mobilize in their thousands for key World Cup clash

World Cup 2018 Anyone But England? The Bitter Truth About Football Rivalry In The UK

For football fans in Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland it's often a case of ABE

Croatia's best ever finish at the tournament was a third place showing at the 1998 World Cup held in France.

As the Zagreb Fire Department watch the final penalty by Ivan Rakitic the callout bell rings, launching the firefighters into action. "We are about mental strength and solidarity, working for each other".

After the match, soccer fans in the United States and around the world reacted to England's loss with either heartbreak, or reveled in their failure.

France's own supremely talented young squad will now aim to make amends for defeat on home soil to Portugal two years ago in Sunday's showpiece. "They've shown remarkable character", Southgate said. "We haven't said our last word, there is still one more game to go".

The French have relied on the attacking brilliance of 19-year-old forward Kylian Mbappé while Croatia have depended on Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic to spearhead their attack. Both teams will be looking to erase history in the final. But even though lines such as "it's coming home" will be the source of fun for many, England had a superb campaign in the World Cup - and they've made a fantastic summer for the whole nation because of it.

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has been following the U.K.'s booze consumption throughout this competition, and as England has continued winning, the number of pints patrons are downing has increased as well. SkyBet had France's odds to win the World Cup outright were set at 1/2.

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