De Bruyne and Belgium defeat France as England beat Croatia

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De Bruyne and Belgium defeat France as England beat Croatia

Few outside the England camp predicted such a remarkable run in Russian Federation, and after the match Southgate was in no mood to downplay the fact that his team are now within one game of a first World Cup final since 1966.

More than 30 million people are expected to have tuned into the England v Sweden semi final on BBC1 and 23.8 million are expected to have watched Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties last night.

England have eliminated Colombia and Sweden, while Croatia, so impressive having won their group with three victories, have been taken to penalties by Denmark and Russian Federation in the knockout rounds.

Even if Southgate's team reach the final, William will not attend the match because of Britain's diplomatic boycott of the World Cup in Russian Federation over a nerve agent attack in England this year. They need opportunities to play.

"We are in the World Cup semi-finals".

France have the greater pedigree - winners in 1998 and finalists in 2006 - but Belgium are the team that seems to have come together at just the right time in Russian Federation.

Goalkeeper Subasic was the hero against Denmark in the last 16, making three penalty saves.

Prediction France have improved after a slow start in the group stages where they made hard work of Australia and Peru.

"I was too young to remember Italia 90 so this is a first for me in the World Cup".

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

If they continue to play the way they did against the Swedes, it is possible that the Three Lions may roar their way to the final. Then we'll see what David Beckham says when I talk to him, " Zlatan Ibrahimovic told Expressen according to Goal.

Croatia's fans celebrate after the World Cup Quarter Final match Russian Federation vs Croatia, in Zagreb, Croatia, July 7, 018.

Before Saturday's win, achieved by goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli, England had only beaten Sweden twice in their last 15 meetings.

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