Croatia star shouts home town's massive Cup bar tab

ASSOCIATED PRESS           England’s Harry Maguire celebrates his team’s win over Sweden today

ASSOCIATED PRESS England’s Harry Maguire celebrates his team’s win over Sweden today

For the first time since 1990, England has ensured its place in the semi-finals of a World Cup, after beating Sweden in a game that ended 2-0 in England's favor. They are a strong squad but not an unbeatable team for England.

Roberto Martinez celebrates Belgium;s quarter-final win over Brazil.

Croatia beat Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties in their World Cup quarter-final in Sochi on Saturday and will face England in the semi-final match in Moscow on Wednesday. By no means are they assured a spot, as world No. 7 France, who oddsmakers are favouring, stand in their way.

England trio Harry Kane, Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire are looking to guide their side to only their second World Cup final.

The Croatia right-back was substituted during extra time against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals, with Zlatko Dalic's side going on to prevail in a penalty shoot-out.

Hidalgo is also expected to visit the fan zone, as she did during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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"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.

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He still wears the same shin pads he had as an 11-year-old, despite at one stage losing them for six months, and has a series of rituals he performs ahead of every game.

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If you follow football (or "soccer" as it's known in North America) then you'll no doubt be tuned into the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is now taking place in Russian Federation.

France won their opening game of the tournament 2-1 against Australia, although the VAR technology proved more of a talking point than the game itself. "It is so special to do something with the national team", he said.

"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 have two matches to play and we are very motivated.

"So we feared the worst in a penalty shootout against Denmark".

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