His last World Cup, says Dalic


Russia's ministry of communications said there had been 6,300 new applications for fan IDs, the document that allows visa-free entry to Russian Federation during the World Cup, since England beat Sweden in the quarter-final on Saturday. By evening they had crashed down to earth, as by far their largest number of travelling supporters at the tournament saw the team lose to Croatia in extra time.

The lone fan wearing a Croatia jersey, who watched with a co-worker donning an England shirt, said there was a great atmosphere in the room during the match.

The Three Lions take on Croatia tonight in their first World Cup semi-final since losing on penalties to West Germany at Italia 90.

"I've got a amusing feeling that the momentum is so good, and, you know, especially now that we're all going to turn up with special Gareth waistcoats, and that can only help can't it", said fan Lee Walkup, 50.

England's unexpected journey in Russian Federation came to an end in the semi-finals as Mario Mandzukic sealed a 2-1 victory in extra-time to break English hearts in Moscow. "Until last night, when all the pain was removed and when we finally experienced a revival of 1998", the Sportski Novosti newspaper said after that match.

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The only disappointment was that there was no Irish challenge near the top of the leaderboard over the last two days. Obviously it seems like I've always tried too hard. "This is a heck of a start but I feel I have more to go".

Victory over Croatia would send them into the final as hopes of a repeat of the historic 1966 triumph rise. Today, England and Croatia will do battle for the right to face the Frenchmen on Sunday in the last game of the tournament.

John Stones has been England's third-biggest attacking threat at this World Cup, being on the end of 1.45 xG, and scoring twice from the chances he has had.

However, Brosnan said he thought this year's team was different, and they would go forward more than they ever had in the past. "It's good to feel like you're in England", he said.

He said: "They were the better team, that's all that happened. I've been jokingly saying that football's coming home, but now there's no reason why we can't win it".