Croatia star shouts home town's massive Cup bar tab

Croatia star shouts home town's massive Cup bar tab

The Croatian football team made the two-hour and twenty flight from Sochi to Moscow on Sunday afternoon where it will take on England in the semi-final of the World Cup.

Kieran Trippier says the support and reaction from fans to England's World Cup campaign at home and in Russian Federation continues to inspire the Three Lions squad.

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Just three members of the present squad were born when England reached the semi-finals in Italy - Kyle Walker, Jordan Henderson and Ashley Young. Winning the Europa League was big for Atletico, we were so lucky, but playing for the national team, for your country, is totally different.

But in an unusual World Cup in which world champions Germany fell at the group stage, Spain and Argentina in the last 16 and five-time champions Brazil in the quarter-finals, none of the four remaining teams seem overly burdened by history or exaggerated expectations.

He said: "I'm not surprised that Croatia have identified Raheem as a key player".

"Gareth's sideline style has meant our waistcoats are really scoring with our customers, with sales doubling since the World Cup began", said a spokeswoman for retailer Marks & Spencer.




"If we had England's money, who knows where we'd be in our country?"

They were terrific in getting a two-goal lead against Brazil and then put in a mature second half display to hold off the fightback from their South American opponents.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has identified Raheem Sterling as England's danger man in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

"1998 will never be forgotten and should not be, but I would love it if eventually the 1998 "Fiery Ones" can be moved aside so that we can talk not only about 1998 but also a bit about 2018", the former Real Madrid player said.

"They've raised a very significant amount of money in that time and we're grateful to everyone involved".

Yet while it was complete focus on the job in hand as the players prepared for what is the most high-pressure game of their global careers, the relaxed vibe surrounding the England base camp in Repino remained. "We don't fear England".

Having played every game so far, Croatia will have to adjust to life without Vrsaljko and it could be a situation that England takes advantage of in preparations leading up to Wednesday's game.

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