Hosts Russia disappointed but exit World Cup stage with pride

Kevin De Bruyne is the best ginger in world football

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England have entered the semifinal of the World Cup for the first time since 1990 and will have to surpass the Croatian test to make it to the final.

It is only the second time that Croatia have reached the World Cup semi-finals since becoming an independent nation.

Neville perfectly predicted the semi-final match-ups which will take place this week before, like Eden Hazard, he anticipated a Belgium vs. England final. "We know we have some unbelievable players and a great manager and everyone is clear on what we do". We could have been eliminated against Denmark [in the round-of-16 tie they won on penalties].

Meanwhile, Croatia's Donna Vekic, who was knocked out of Wimbledon by Julia Goerges of Germany in the fourth round on Monday, said she will be sending "good vibes" to her country's football team in Russian Federation.

But they lacked a playmaker of Modric's quality, which raises hopes in the country that the 2018 team can go one step further into the final and possibly even lift the trophy. "We're enjoying it and we believe", he said.

The Three Lions have scored eight times from set-pieces in Russian Federation already, the most at a World Cup since Portugal in 1966. "We are happy to share this festival with you", he said.

A huge crowd of people at the FIFA Fan Fest on Vorobyovy Gory greeted the team with thunderous applause and loud chants "Rossiya" and "Spasibo" to mark the Sbornaya's remarkable accomplishments at the home World Cup.

"We played with our souls and with our hearts, thank you so much". "We are glad to see you". When Ivan Rakitic's penalty sealed Croatia's spot in the semifinals, the coach broke down into tears.

All in all, Croatia are a better-organized team in all departments as compared to England whose players' quest for individual brilliance will be their major undoing.

"We are a tennis tournament but we are aware that there is something special going on elsewhere".

Croatia's 3-0 win over Argentina in the group stage was a clear signal that the team led by midfield maestro Luka Modric was a real threat with their clever passing and movement. "We don't have any chances to win this Cup and of course we are sad".

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