Russian Federation 2018: Semi-final combatants set for showdown

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Russian Federation 2018: Semi-final combatants set for showdown

"There are some good ones in there, the players enjoy listening to them too, they've had a few singalongs on the way back from games and hopefully that will continue on Wednesday".

England have proven themselves as an attacking force, smashing the nation's previous goalscoring record at the FIFA World Cup™, spearheaded by current top scorer, Harry Kane. Along with Ivan Rakitic, the pair are lynchpins in the team's most deadly territory, and defender Harry Maguire identified them as players which England's defenders will also have to keep an eye on.

They've gone to two extra-times, and if you have to go to extra-time against Russian Federation. You can't tell me their name isn't already on the trophy after this, and the incredible inflatable unicorns swimming race we saw the day after the last-gasp win over Tunisia to kick off this fairytale run.

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

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

The Spurs right-back has been one of the key men in the squad as Gareth Southgate's side have reached the World Cup semi-final. However, they have a well-built lineup starting at the front with Kane and leading all the way to the back with Pickford in goal.

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 did get some revenge for that by ensuring England failed to qualify for Euro 2008 in November 2007 with a 3-2 win at Wembley Stadium.

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.

In Wednesday's second semi-final, Croatia, who have survived two penalty shootouts to progress to the final four, play England, winners in 1966, again at home.

Croatia in their first ever participation in World Cup got to the semi-finals and eventually came third in the France 1998 edition and also seem poised to make history in Russian Federation.

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