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Paris, Russia, to turn French for World Cup semifinals

11 July, 2018, 11:51 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Dejan Lovren of Liverpool and Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur battle for possession during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22

One of the most recognisable statues in Leeds city centre is now proudly showing its support for Gareth Southgate and his team ahead of their huge World Cup semi-final clash against Croatia. "Putin warmly congratulated Macron and all French fans on their team's victory in this match and their advancement to the World Cup final", the statement reads. Croatia will play in its second ever semifinal game, and England will compete in its third.

The bus company have even gone as far as printing "It's coming home" on tickets bought for travel.

England did not have an overly hard route to the semi-final but they have overcome every obstacle they faced with some solid performances.

The nation has embraced the single by The Lightning Seeds along with comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, originally released for EURO 96, and turned it into a unifying way of celebrating their team's first appearance at a FIFA World Cup semi-final since 1990.

The Hastings man said: "Eleven hours on the computer and I finally bagged myself the golden ticket".




Croatia went undefeated winning Group D, including a convincing 3-0 hammering of Argentina, then beat both Spain and Russian Federation in matches that lasted 2 hours each and both went to penalty kicks.

But there is a major doubt over the participation of Vrsaljko, who hobbled off with a knee injury in extra-time during the quarter-final win over Russian Federation in Sochi.

Southgate also said he had not bought into much of the scaremongering about Russian Federation peddled by sections of the United Kingdom press ahead of the tournament. "We know we have some unbelievable players and a great manager and everyone is clear on what we want to do".

Lloris admitted that, the Belgium team is the best busting with talent and they have to be at their very best to cause an upset.

What's more, a quick browse on the World Cup collection section on the official M&S website, where the Southgate-style waistcoat is priced at £65, shows that it's only available in XXL online. It wasn't about having a good tournament, it wasn't about being happy to be in the top four, so it's a really sad dressing room right now because the opportunity of being in the final was the only focus that we had.

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