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

Zlatko Dalic with his captain Luka Modric

Zlatko Dalic with his captain Luka Modric

Croatia don't see themselves as favourites in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final although most of their players have more global experience than those from opponents England.

"We want to enjoy this victory and not put more pressure on ourselves with what happened in 1998 - what they did was impressive but we want to keep writing our own history and enjoy what we are doing which is very positive".

"Croatia may have more experienced players but also young ones", their Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic told a news conference close to the Luzhniki Stadium match venue.

The two sides are evenly matched, so it's a hard one to call, but the Red Devils were perhaps a little fortunate to only concede one goal against Brazil, who spurned several promising opportunities and were controversially denied a penalty.

Meanwhile Dalic said he sees no areas to exploit in the England team.

But his reputation took a battering at home before the tournament due to his implication in the multi-million-euro corruption trial of former Dinamo Zagreb chief Zdravko Mamic.

Russian players find solace in thousands of WC fans
A lot of them sang Russian songs in the streets all night, waving Russian flags and sounding the horn. The match had ended 2-2 after extra-time after Mario Fernandes' late equalizer for Sbornaya .

Not many expected Spain to fail to make the final four of the World Cup and even fewer anticipated Brazil crashing out at the quarter-final stage but Gary Neville gets paid the big bucks for a reason.

"England are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you need to respect that, but we have nothing to lose. But Croatia can also cause England problems they haven't had before".

As quoted by the Mirror, Alli admitted about the Sweden game: "I spoke to the manager and some of my team-mates because I didn't feel like I was playing as well as I should have been".

Taking advantage of extra match tickets released by organizers Federation Internationale de Football Association and additional seats provided on Moscow-bound flights from Britain, they converged on London's Heathrow airport with hope in their hearts. He also captained France to the final of the 2006 World Cup when he famously ended his global career in a moment of madness, headbutting Italian defender Marco Materazzi and getting sent off.

Two days before the World Cup semi-final showdown with Croatia, the Tottenham star sat down to talk in a fun candid interview.

"So we feared the worst in a penalty shootout against Denmark". Ronaldo played last Monday but did not score.

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