Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Next stop Moscow for England fans in a camper van

Next stop Moscow for England fans in a camper van

The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked nation in the tournament, were trying to make it to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the Soviet Union team finished fourth at the 1966 tournament in England.

The two building contractors from Cheltenham, western England, who drove all the way out to Russia in their Mercedes van last month, watched their team defeat Sweden in Saturday's quarter final in the Russian city of Samara.

Zlatko Dalic's men face England in the semi-finals in Moscow on Wednesday in what will be Croatia's second last-four clash at the showpiece tournament.

But victory was Croatia's, and it means they emulate their great side of 1998, who were beaten in the semi-finals by eventual winners France 20 years ago.

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"The objective of the exhibition is to engage with football fans in Russian Federation and introduce them to Qatar's preparations for the World Cup", said Kayed. "They're bulls***. It divides people away from each other, but football is the number one thing that connects people together, the best ever", he said.

"It's an adventure", said McNulty.

"Until five or six years ago I was bit vain, and in a way glad that in 1998 we set the bar so high that it was hard to even contemplate, let alone jump over it. We were together. You were the 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th player", he said and promised that the team would demonstrate better results at the next World Cup in Qatar, although it would be hard without such support. "We did not want to risk some passes that would tip the balance in our favour".

But Fifa said it had studied the video and chose to issue a warning to Vida but would take no further measures. "Then I went to our assistant coach Drazen Ladic and he told me to think of something nice".

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Harry Kane, meanwhile, believes England's World Cup heroes can inspire a generation - just like he was as a young fan.

"So to be here, to be a part of it, leading this team out, I'm so proud".

'There are no favourites at this World Cup, every game is fifty-fifty and you have to fight it out. The Croats are licking their wounds after defeating Denmark and Russian Federation in successive shootouts. "We are happy to share this festival with you", he said.

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