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France the favorite to win it all over Croatia on Sunday

13 July 2018
France the favorite to win it all over Croatia on Sunday

"So we'll see. There are two very good teams playing well and it's going to be an interesting match".

But he lamented England's failure to take full advantage of what appeared an unusually easy route to the final, avoiding most of the heavyweight teams in Russian Federation.

Harry Maguire, whose family have been right behind him in his first worldwide tournament, went to find them as soon as they game was over.

It became an instant hit and was belted out in pubs, night clubs, on the streets and in football stadiums throughout the tournament as an England team featuring centre back Southgate reached the semi-finals.

Mr Colgan, 56, who owns the Garden Brewery in Zagreb, said the World Cup atmosphere had been "electric".

"When you get to this stage of the competition, the margins are fine. they've taken two of their (chances) and we weren't able to respond".

Supporters at Birmingham's Archway outdoor cinema screen broke into applause for Southgate's team within a minute of the final whistle.

NPR's sports correspondent Tom Goldman says today's match is being played against a political backdrop.

"I would just walk out of the room, it is an anthem and has followed the team for a long time but involved some hard moments as well".

In Hyde Park, one of central London's most popular tourist attractions, a huge screen had been temporarily installed to allow 30,000 fans to watch the semifinal.

As the Croatian side celebrated the monumental goal, they moved towards an area of the sideline that did not have a barrier between the field and the photographers covering the game.

"This was the dream, we could've made it, we could have done it". From the ignominy of the failure to win a game at the 2014 World Cup to the meek collapse against Iceland in the round of 16 at Euro 2016.

For all the playfulness in practice with rubber chickens, splashing around with unicorns in a pool and the sense this was a group of friends having fun on an extended summer vacation, there was always a steely, winning mindset. "Nobody believed this could happen at the beginning of the World Cup, but this team has really shown something in recent weeks". Southgate was in the last one 22 years ago. The 32-year-old has starred in Russian Federation, and has been named man of the match in three of Croatia's five wins.

Reiss Malone, 33, said: "Overall you've got to look at it, and to get to the semis is a massive achievement and it could be our time in four years". "It's something to have got this far". Without just coming oh, so near.