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Croatia fear England's Sterling in semi

Croatia fear England's Sterling in semi

Kieran Trippier says the support and reaction from fans to England's World Cup campaign at home and in Russian Federation continues to inspire the Three Lions squad. England will beat them.

This will be France's sixth World Cup semi-final; they were beaten in their first three in 1958, 1982 and 1986 just as they had played in the semi-final in 1998 and 2006.

They've gone to two extra-times, and if you have to go to extra-time against Russian Federation.

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and unsafe alongside Harry Kane", Dalic said in a press conference Sunday.

Both semi-finals kick off at 20:00 SA time.

The last time the sides met, in a friendly in June 2015, ended 4-3 to Belgium with Marouane Fellaini scoring twice.

It was arguably France's most impressive display at the World Cup.




Belgium have impressed against everyone they have played, and even when they did slip, going two down to Japan in the second round, they had the goal power to fight back and triumph.

However, and Suker has insisted that his nation's semi-final opponents at the 2018 World Cup are fortunate to still be in the tournament. Brazil, Uruguay, Russia, and Sweden were all sent packing in the quarter-finals.

To get to the semi-finals, Croatia had to play through two grueling penalty shootouts against Denmark and host Russian Federation, and the Vatreni look poised for their showdown against the Three Lions of England on Wednesday in Moscow.

Croatia have been pushed to the brink twice in penalties, and England may well be fresher due to getting their business done in the 90 minutes against Sweden.

And so in England, 1966 seems but yesterday and the names of World Cup winners Bobby Moore or Geoff Hurst are present in English hearts and minds.

The 26-year-old was born just a few months after England's last appearance in a World Cup semi-final at Italia '90, along with another 16 members of the current squad who also weren't born as Sir Bobby Robson's Three Lions lost to West Germany on penalties.


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