Turkish referee Çakır to officiate semifinal between Croatia and England

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The whole of England is awaiting the big kick-off on Wednesday night, with the Three Lions just one match away from their first World Cup final since 1966. We can feel the energy and feel support from home and it's a very special feeling, a privilege for us.

Ask anyone rooting for England in the World Cup, and they'll tell you, "It's coming home". And England's 11 goals in Russian Federation equals its highest total at a World Cup.

"That's right, I'm picking England to win another penalty shoot-out".

"We´re going into a semi-final but it just seems like it´s the next step on the journey", Southgate said. We will focus in the next few days to recover as much as possible. We're gonna watch this together, and you know what? Thuram scored the go-ahead goal with a curling shot in the 70th minute, and France won 2-1. If England beats Croatia and then France in the finals, knight the man on Sunday.

WORLD CUP HISTORY In England's last semifinal match, Andreas Brehme's 60th-minute shot deflected off an onrushing Paul Parker at the penalty arc and looped over goalkeeper Peter Shilton to put West Germany ahead. "We're really proud in the style that we've played, with the intelligence that we've played, and that we've performed under pressure and dealt with hard situations in games where we've had to wait until the last minute to score, we've had to recover from conceding in last minute, we've been through extra time, penalties".

"This is maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".

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Croatia have needed penalty shoot-outs to overcome Denmark and Russian Federation in the knockout stage.

Russia's Ministry of Communications said the number of applications by Britons for World Cup fan identity documents increased by over 29 percent, or by 6,300 applications, since July 7. The Three Lions last held the title in 2000 and are second with 73 wins from 144 games. But really, how are you supposed to forget you're playing in a World Cup semi-final?

Hazard shone at times but Kevin De Bruyne was quiet and Manchester United striker Lukaku was a shadow of the player he had been earlier in the tournament, even though Belgium enjoyed most of the possession.

Although there's often outrage in the country when ITV shows a game over the BBC, largely as a result of the ad breaks during halftime, ITV commentators Jon Champion and Ally McCoist have emerged as one of the most popular pairings in a long time.

"The biggest thing that the gaffer's brought since he's come in, which he's brought right from day one, was identity, and about the way that we wanted to create a team, " Henderson said.

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