Three Lions defender won’t scoff at third-place in FIFA World Cup

Marcus Newton
July 13, 2018

Croatia take on France in Sunday's World Cup final in a rematch of the 1998 semi, in which Les Bleus triumphed 2-1. Germany then reached the semi-finals in their next five major tournaments - winning the World Cup in 2014 - before their shock group-stage exit in Russian Federation. The ball rebounded nearly out of play, then sat up for Kane to take another shot from less than two yards at a tight angle.

The team has since beaten England and now all eyes in Croatia are on Sunday's final.

"It's been great to get to this stage but we wanted to go on and win it". Their pursuit will continue in the third-place game on Saturday in St. Petersburg.

The Three Lions once again scored from a dead ball situation, their eighth set-piece goal of this World Cup.

"I'm anxious, but I've got my fingers crossed", said 27-year-old Charlie Conroy as the clock ticked away.

In what is starting to look like the beginning of a tradition, the children of Croatian players found their way onto Luzhniki Stadium amid the celebration of Hrvatska's 2-1 extra time win over England.

As the world follows Croatia's World Cup journey, a local video highlighting fire safety during the tournament has lit up social media. "But from the second half onwards we played much better, and we showed our real standard", said Perisic.

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England gained a thumping two-goal victory which puts them in a good position to make it all the way to the final. England are through to the World Cup semi-finals - incredible.

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Coming off two games that went to overtime, Croatia was supposed to be the team that was exhausted.

"We've asked the team to take on board a lot of new ways of working, and they've really embraced that".

It's tough to call any match at the World Cup "meaningless" - the tournament only happens once every four years, so every game holds a certain value just on how rarely they occur.

But despite the heartbreak, they and manager Gareth Southgate have reconnected many people with the national team. "Mistakes were always going to happen but I think to be a top team you have got to play in that style".

It's the second time the two teams have met at the tournament and the second time that the outcome of their match will be relatively inconsequential. "We will see who wins, though it makes no difference to me".

"My most abiding memory has got to be the penalty save against Colombia", he said of his spectacular shootout stop from Carlos Bacca in the last-16.

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