Fans thank England for 'making nation dream'

PAUL PARKER Parker went on to win two Premier League titles at Manchester United and – following his retirement – he managed Chelmsford City and Welling United. He now works as a pundit mostly sports channels based abroad and has appeared on Sky Sp

PAUL PARKER Parker went on to win two Premier League titles at Manchester United and – following his retirement – he managed Chelmsford City and Welling United. He now works as a pundit mostly sports channels based abroad and has appeared on Sky Sp

"We know there is more to come from this @england team".

After some well-earned downtime following the battling win over Sweden to secure a place in the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 28 years, it was back to work for Gareth Southgate's squad in Repino.

The Croatians went into Russian Federation as the 20th-ranked team in the world, but in particular their midfield talents of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic meant they were fancied by many as dark horses for a decent run.

But Croatia spoiled the party at the 2018 World Cup semifinals.

Eric Amsalem, a 48-year-old Croatian fan with his face painted in the colours of the national flag said: "It's a small country".

On that occasion, the Uruguayans defeated a heavily-fancied Brazil team 2-1 at the Maracana in the final second-stage group game, which effectively served as the tournament's final.

England play Croatia Wednesday night at 7pm.

In Moscow, Croatia fans said they were taken aback by their side's win.

"He was carrying something in the second half against Colombia, he wasn't moving around".

"I think that's maybe something for a couple of days time, at the moment we all feel the pain of this defeat", he told reporters. Three times now we've been a goal down and have come back, and that really says a lot about our team spirit.

"We shouldn't be surprised that Croatia are in the last four at a World Cup, given the quality of players", said Dalic, who only took over as coach towards the end of their qualifying campaign. "Thank you, England": A simple message of gratitude from the Express, accompanied by a picture of Southgate and his players showing their appreciation to the travelling supporters. It's a frightful way to go out of the World Cup.

In their other appearance, in 1966, in London, they entered popular folklore by beating West Germany, an achievement that many fans have long thought they would never see again. "We worked so hard, the fans were incredible, it was a tough game, a 50-50 game, when we look back we will think there's stuff we could have done better".

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