How does Croatia's 2018 team compare with the class of '98?

Doug Mendoza
July 12, 2018

Pogba and France will advance to the World Cup Final on Sunday, where it'll take on the victor of Croatia vs. England - who face off on Wednesday - for a chance to bring home its second World Cup championship.

Also, England has been the better scoring team of the two in the competition thus far with eleven goals while Croatia has had to rely on penalty kicks to qualify on two occasions.

The 2018 side are guaranteed to join that pantheon whatever the result of Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia in Moscow, though, and Southgate said there were some similarities. "I will go home, take the dogs for a run, disappear to Yorkshire, but it is of course a chance to be involved in something incredibly special".

Last week fans were spotted partying into the night after Three Lions beat Sweden, reaching the semi-finals.

There was hope, at the time, that some of these players with experience of winning tournaments would help the senior team in the future, but the impact has been felt sooner than many expected.

Admittedly, I've only been paying attention to England's national soccer team for the past four years.

"Until five or six years ago I was bit vain, and in a way glad that in 1998 we set the bar so high that it was hard to even contemplate, let alone jump over it".

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Spurs were giving Alli playing time in an Audi Cup game at Bayern's Allianz Arena, and the young midfielder had only recently arrived from Milton Keynes Dons, but he pulled off a nonchalant nutmeg on Modric, drawing a disgruntled reaction from the former Tottenham hero.

Rhys Masters, from Southbourne, said: "This is the best squad we've had since I've been watching England".

Croatia are in the last four for the first time since 1998 but they had to survive two penalty shoot-outs against Denmark and Russian Federation to make it this far.

Considering the fact that he can immortalise himself in the next six days, depending on results, we want you to cast your mind back to the first time that Southgate took charge of an England match.

The U17s and the U20s won their World Cups, the U19s won their Euros, the U18s won the Toulon Tournament, and the U21s reached the semi-finals of the Euros.

"Everyone was brilliant in the last game, that's what Gareth's done - he's got us working as a team".

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