Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Brits will drink 10 million pints tonight during semi-final against Croatia

Brits will drink 10 million pints tonight during semi-final against Croatia

Russia's ministry of communications said there had been 6,300 new applications for fan IDs, the document that allows visa-free entry to Russian Federation during the World Cup, since England beat Sweden in the quarter-final on Saturday.

And, specifically for the crowds back in England, it was a chance to fling all those pints of beer high overhead.

With only hours to go before England take on their World Cup semi-final against Croatia in Russia, Katie Goodland made sure she paid a lovely tribute to her fiancé, England caption Harry Kane. "I think he's given everything for the team and there was a period of the game in the second half where we didn't have that controlled possession".

Croatia, with a population of just 4.17 million, booked their place in the July 15 final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium by beating England at the same venue 2-1 after extra time on Wednesday night.

Now, finally, there is a team ready to join them in Croatian football's pantheon of heroes.

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"We were anxious", Katich said.

"I just believe we can come back another time, and I hope before I die I see England win the World Cup", Ogunde said.

HNS also said that Vukojevic and Vida apologised for their statements, saying they were not meant to be political messages but "unfortunately left room for such interpretations".

Croatia, who have reached the final for the first time in their history, will play France on Sunday.

"It's been an incredible run and I feel lucky to have been here for this match".

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"1998 will never be forgotten and should not be, but I would love it if eventually the 1998 "Fiery Ones" can be moved aside so that we can talk not only about 1998 but also a bit about 2018", the former Real Madrid player said.

Despite a valiant effort, the team will come home without the Jules Rimet trophy after losing the semi final 2-1 to Croatia.

Many fans had tears in their eyes and were too upset to talk after the final whistle - but other pockets of the crowd hid their sadness to applaud the Three Lions.

Asked how far he thought the still young England team could progress in the next World Cup, he said: "This far, if not the final".

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