Croatians who have made their mark in England

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"The tournament has been unbelievable", he said.

Mr Carr, 25, from Acomb, in York, said the pair knew they had to get to Russian Federation for the game, given neither were alive the last time England played such a crucial tie.

It became an instant hit and was belted out in pubs, night clubs, on the streets and in football stadiums throughout the tournament as an England team featuring centre back Southgate reached the semi-finals. "What a great way therefore to show our support by ensuring that some of our recognisable civic buildings and the famous Black Prince statue on City Square, are now displaying their England colours with great pride!"

France and Belgium are seen as the strongest teams left in the competition, which means the victor of Tuesday's match will head into the final as favourites to be crowned world champions.

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It has been two decades since Croatia last played in the World Cup semifinals, and 28 years since England made the final four.

You would do well to find any fan as excited as Ferdinand is for England's World Cup semi-final with Croatia on Wednesday evening.

M&S are the official tailor of the England national team and that has seen Three Lions squad wear their suits collection, as well as Southgate looking dapper in their attire on the touchline throughout the World Cup.

This time around, however, they have a first-class team. Brazil did not necessarily play poorly; on the contrary, they even created many good chances in the second half. As France captain, Deschamps won soccer's most prized trophy in 1998.

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Unsurprisingly, the mood in the England camp is positive but one thing Southgate has instilled in his players is a willingness to confront negative moments and learn from them.

"But regardless of that, I think the football across the board has been really exciting, really entertaining, and the hosting of the tournament and the cities that have hosted it has been outstanding".

In an enthralling tactical match, it was once again a set-piece move that proved decisive with Umtiti's near-post header from an Antoine Griezmann corner settling matters. We're confident but we know it's going to be very hard.

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