Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

England fans make late dash to Russian Federation for World Cup semi-final

England fans make late dash to Russian Federation for World Cup semi-final

Warnings to England fans and players had ranged from the supposed threat lurking from masses of hooligans, to players being seduced by Kremlin-backed 'honey traps'. "It is true we have not made good results at major tournaments for decades, but we should not be surprised Croatia are in the last four of the World Cup given the quality of the players, which has been proven".

"Health has to be number one, but to play for the Croatian team, to play in the World Cup semi-final, I do not need to even say that I will be giving it 300% to be fit".

'We lost, but on the Tuesday we were playing again.

Forget the cutbacks across the goal amidst a crowded penalty area or the clever runs behind the defence to create goalscoring opportunities, Sterling's tactical intelligence makes him the flawless candidate for the situations when England want to press high up the field - whether he puts the finishing touch himself or selflessly sets up a teammate, Sterling threatens to produce moments of magic every time he receives the ball and that is a quality to be heralded, not ridiculed.

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"I just have a feeling that England will find a way to win".

Just three epic games to play (and one "well we may as well while we're here" encounter) - until Russian Federation 2018 announces its ultimate victor; Vladimir Putin, aside. First win on penalties in the World Cup.

"They are proud to wear the shirt".

England's progress in Russian Federation has revived the Three Lions anthem - which includes the line "football's coming home".

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"It was a song I couldn't listen to for 20 years, so it has a slightly different feel and it's nice to see people enjoying it slightly differently", he told a news conference at Luzhniki Stadium.

He said he that England would reach the final and that he expected the atmosphere in Croatia to be electric.

"And the most magnificent thing is he is 23 years old, so he is still focused, keeping the desire to get better, as a player".

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