Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

England Have Been Warming Up With Rubber Chickens Ahead Of Croatia

England players celebrate scoring a goal. Image PA England players celebrate scoring a goal. Image PA
Sidney Guerrero | 10 July, 2018, 17:52

West Ham United must regret not forcing through a deal for Harry Maguire while they had a chance, with the centre-back shining for England at the World Cup.

"We have some margin to get even better", 1France coach Didier Deschamps, the 1998 World Cup-winning captain, said.

The other semi-final pits England (No. 12) against a beat up team from Croatia (No. 20).

With the pace of Sterling and others offering a threat from open play on top of England's nearly unrivalled threat from set pieces-they've scored eight from dead-ball situations in Russia-the Three Lions might just have the decisive edge in what should be a tight game.

Raphaël Varane headed France on their way to a 2-0 win over Uruguay from a free kick, while Fernandinho deflected a cross from a corner into his own net to put his Brazil side behind in their eventual 2-1 defeat at the hands of Belgium.

As for the prediction of the result of the semi-final match between England and Croatia, Karaket - a two-month-old goat named after the leading female character in Buppesannivas (Love Destiny), a highly popular 2018 Thai romance, comedy and historical drama - chose to suck milk from a bottle attached to a British national flag that was placed next to another milk bottle attached to a Croatian flag.

Prince Louis christened while beaming royal family look on
Prince Louis' mother, Kate Middleton , wore a white, Alexander McQueen dress with a matching headpiece. His step-grandmother, Camilla, and sister, Charlotte , also wore white.

The last match between the two teams took place in 2015 with Belgium running out 4-3 winners with two Marouane Fellaini goals in an exciting friendly in Paris.

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

With the World Cup semi-finals to kick off tonight at 6 PM, it is a close call who will take the match between France and Belgium. They have also shown versatility in defence, with their three-man backline anchored by the impressive John Stones, in front of their fearless, agile goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford.

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.

Gareth Southgate's side's potency from set-pieces was certainly on the minds of Croatia after they were forced into penalties by Russian Federation.

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

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