Vrsaljko hoping to be fit for World Cup semi-final


"Maybe (that was) a outcome of being ahead and being the least experienced team in the tournament with the chance to get to a World Cup final", he added.

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Matt Reece, 25, who works in marketing, said England had far outperformed the low expectations of them when the tournament began.

Now the song, with its repeated chorus of "football's coming home", is a staple again, No. 5 this week on YouTube UK's top music videos chart with more than two million views on the day of England's last match.

"We are in the final.

I told the players before the game there was no pressure - we have reached the semi-finals, enjoy your football and this was exactly what we did".

"All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying, "OK, today we will see who will be tired".

England aren't exactly known for their success in penalty shootouts at a World Cup.

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Southgate is expected to name the same side that started the 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden as he has a fully fit 23-man squad. Football is coming home!' Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic believes victory over England would spark a huge party in the country.

"I just feel so disappointed".

"We had hoped [for this] and we believed in our team, but the feeling when we finally entered the finals can not be compared to anything", said Croatia fan Ivan Kecerin.

"This will hurt for a while but we can hold our heads up, it's been a fantastic journey but we've got to learn from it and take what we can". Nobody should be surprised if they do that one more time on Sunday to collect their first major global trophy.

"The players will be thinking "I want to go home - I've done my job" - the game is a testimonial-type game", he said.

After watching their team stumble at major tournaments for decades, often falling to much smaller nations, England supporters had begun to think that 2018 might be a different story.

England boss Gareth Southgate found himself talking about rubber chickens and waistcoats as he finalised his plans for the World Cup semi-final showdown with Croatia.

Agence France Presse photographer Yuri Cortez found himself pinned to the ground by players as they tumbled over each other into advertising boards next to where photographers were taking shots.