'It's coming home' - England hope to continue to sing


Prior to England's game with Croatia in the World Cup semi finals, Southgate admitted that he couldn't listen to the song for years afterward because he associated it with his miss. In extra time Danny Rose came on for Ashley Young and Eric Dier swapped with Jordan Henderson.

England got off to about as good a start as the team could have hoped for against Croatia in the World Cup semifinal. "That's the aim, in two years' time in the Euros to go again and win big tournaments", said the Tottenham Hotspur striker.

Dalic´s side were clearly exhausted, but they managed to fight on to the end of two hours of gripping football to take the country of just over four million people into the final for the first time. But I'm remarkably proud of a group of players who have really advanced. Southgate was so demoralised by his penalty kick failure against Germany in the 1996 European Championship semi-finals, he avoided The Lightning Seeds 'Three Lions, ' the team's official song when they hosted the tournament. In the round of 16, the Croats had defeated Denmark 3-2 in penalties before overcoming Russian Federation in the quarter-finals 4-3 in a tense penalty shootout.

Some England fans emerged from the Luzhniki Stadium in tears and being hugged by others while jubilant Croatian supporters celebrated around them.

Domagoj Vida and Mario Mandzukic let the young ones join in the post-match celebrations on the Luzhniki pitch.

"They played their best, it obviously wasn't to be".

Croatia will be underdogs for the final, but Perisic told FIFA.com: "France stopped us in the semi-finals in 1998".

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"We might have the chance for the revenge in the finals with the French", Plenkovic said.

"We're excited about the future but want to make the most of the opportunity we have [now]". As the Standard reports, Prince William will be joined by members of the royal family as he is set to watch the game at his official Kensington Palace residence.

Even leaving aside the fact they're into the final, the French have trailed in just one match so far.



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