Celebrities say England team did country proud after semi-final defeat

Doug Mendoza
July 13, 2018

The country is expected to consume an extra 10 million pints on the "busiest night of the year" for pubs as England take on Croatia in their World Cup semi-final.

A day after France advanced to Sunday's final in Moscow with a 1-0 victory over Belgium, the focus of the tournament is now turning to the other semi-final game, England against Croatia in Moscow.

In St Petersburg, ecstatic French fans sang their way out of the stadium, relishing the prospect of a final against England or Croatia.

He said all the major supermarkets were shutting in Croatia for the match and the whole country would be watching. Thanks for the memories England! But Trippier needed only five minutes to become the third Englishman to score in a World Cup semi-final, following in the illustrious footsteps of Sir Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker.

"Coach Zlatko Dalić has done a wonderful job, all the players are united and they're playing well".

Beers filled the sky and, in places, the country came to a standstill as England 's hopes of reaching a first World Cup final since 1966 were cruelly ended in extra time.

Hyde Park was a mess as everyone went home.

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The Three Lions face Croatia in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday (19:00 BST) in their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years.

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Asked if his form was improving, he said: "Results wise no, but I felt better today". "It's a great start for the fans", he added. The Slovakian rider for Bora-Hansgrohe edged Sonny Colbrelli at the finish line after a short uphill push.

The Atletico Madrid star picked up an injury during their quarter-finals clash with hosts Russian Federation on Saturday. But Croatia scored in the second half to level the game, and then again in overtime to shock England. "We've done enough to get to the semifinal" he said. For more than an hour, Gareth Southgate's young team led Croatia before the tired, aging opposition sprung back into life at the Luzhniki Stadium.

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"Maybe (that was) a outcome of being ahead and being the least experienced team in the tournament with the chance to get to a World Cup final", he added.

"They'll be the best team we've played in terms of what they're capable of doing with the ball, and what their individuals are capable of, definitely", he said (via Sky Sports). "I'm very happy for my players, we showed character and the right mentality, it was very hard for us tonight".

England soccer fans are left wondering what could have been at an empty Hyde Park in London.

He said: "I think Croatia have a better side". Can Croatia finish its stunning run by beating France or will its run come to an end on Sunday?

Another football fan flying to Croatia to watch the game is James Stephenson, from Winton.

Other reports by GizPress

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