England Aim To Join France In World Cup Final
Zeeshan Mehtab 4 months ago Wed 11th July 2018 | 05:33 PM
England will attempt to reach the World Cup final for the first time since 1966 on Wednesday when they face a talented Croatia team for the right to play France for football's biggest prize.
Moscow, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 11th Jul, 2018 ) :England will attempt to reach the World Cup final for the first time since 1966 on Wednesday when they face a talented Croatia team for the right to play France for football's biggest prize.
England will grind to a halt for the 1800 GMT kickoff at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, with an estimated 30 million people across Britain expected to watch on tv and hundreds of thousands more cramming into pubs and public viewing areas to follow the game.
Despite a summer heatwave in England, fans have been urged to wear waistcoats in tribute to those sported by Southgate since the tournament began.
"We can feel the energy and the support from home and it's a very special feeling and a privilege for us," Southgate said on Tuesday.
Southgate said he was convinced that win or lose on Wednesday, his team have a bright future after decades of English under-achievement on the international stage.
"We're going into a semi-final but it just seems like it's the next step on the journey," Southgate said.
Croatia are wary of the threat posed by England captain Harry Kane, the tournament's leading scorer with six goals so far, while England will have to close down arguably the best player of this World Cup, Luka Modric.
It is the first time since 1998 that Croatia have reached this stage.
- French joy - France reached the final for the third time in their history on Tuesday when a second-half header from Samuel Umtiti gave the 1998 champions a 1-0 victory against Belgium in Saint Petersburg.
Despite the much-vaunted attack of teenager Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, France's defence proved the difference as they shut down Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku and they showed they will be hard to beat on Sunday.
"Finals have to be won because we have still not got over the one we lost two years ago," he said.
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.
"I was 18 years old in 1998, it was one of the most beautiful nights of my life. We'll repeat that this Sunday," said one supporter, Sebastien.