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"When you've got all these other teams, France, Belgium, England, that's the top teams from the beginning and we are the underdogs".

England have been handed a boost following the news that Croatia defender Sime Vrsaljko will miss their World Cup semifinal through injury.

The 33-year-old entered the match with a hamstring problem which was exacerbated during the final minute of normal time.

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is really fast and his combination with Harry Kane is really unsafe".

"What will happen next Sunday is Centre Court will be packed for the men's final and I'm sure people will be able to follow the World Cup final", Lewis told reporters on Monday.

They handed them possession and despite playing four times fewer passes than Spain's 1,137 over 120 minutes, they successfully shut them out of their box. "The tennis was very good and there as an historic football match going on", added Lewis.

His mid-season injury looks an even bigger shame now, with England denied an invaluable option for their biggest World Cup game in 28 years.

Seated in the VIP section beside FIFA President Gianni Infantino and the Russian premier, Grabar-Kitarovic could not contain herself as she rose up in a victory dance to celebrate Croatia's second goal. "We're looking forward to the future", said Young.

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Croatia eventually knocked the hosts out on penalties after the match finished 2-2 at the end of extra time.

Cape Town - France have been installed as narrow favourites for the 2018 Soccer World Cup title, but it's too tight to call with any conviction heading into the semi-finals.

Previous meetings England won their only previous clash at a major tournament, at Euro 2004, with a 4-2 triumph where Wayne Rooney scored twice.

No England fans were arrested in Norfolk following Saturday's 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden and police chiefs are hoping for the same result again, despite a place in Sunday's final being up for grabs.

Croatia's 3-0 win over Argentina in the group stage was a clear signal that the team led by midfield maestro Luka Modric was a real threat with their clever passing and movement.

England stand in their way of the final, with Gareth Southgate having surpassed all feasible expectations by guiding the team to this stage.

Subasic's four shootout saves are tied with Harald Schumacher of West Germany and Sergio Goygochea of Argentina for the most in a single World Cup.

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