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Four European Teams Battle It Out In Russia

Four European Teams Battle It Out In Russia

With a team featuring Davor Suker, Zvonimir Boban and Robert Prosinecki wearing blue shirts with a distinctive red and white chequerboard pattern, they beat World Cup giants Germany 3-0 in the quarter-finals in France, sparking delirium at home.

It will, of course, take a lot more than mastering the Lotus Position to help the Three Lions get the better of Croatia in Moscow on Wednesday night. It is also down to the manager to prepare the team by giving them instructions not to let their heads drop, not to panic, but focus on responding. "The delivery from wide areas in general is key, particularly from the right-hand side as Kieran Trippier's delivery is one of the best at the World Cup". They've scored two goals in every game [except against Denmark in the round of 16].

The last time the four teams qualified for the semi-finals in a World Cup: Belgium in 1986, England in 1990, Croatia in 1998, France in 2006.

Reading Buses has joined the party by decorating one of its buses with a huge St George's Cross and the hashtag #Itscominghome ahead of the Croatia game.

This will subsequently leave Belgium to defeat England in the final meaning football will not be "coming home" this summer, (according to the model)!

Federation Internationale de Football Association awards the titles for the tournament's top scorer, best player, best goalkeeper, most disciplined team and best young footballer after the final. For while Croatia looked excellent in the group stages they've needed penalties to get past Denmark and then hosts Russian Federation in the knockout rounds.

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He said: "When I walk in the street, wait on the platform for a train going to work or go shopping I have young lads asking for photos or telling me how much I look like Harry Kane".

My gut is telling me Croatia will win this game.

Born in the French-speaking part of Belgium, he came through as a player across the border at Lille, and was the outstanding player in the team that won the French league and cup double in 2011 before eventually moving on to Chelsea.

England have proven themselves as an attacking force, smashing the nation's previous goalscoring record at the FIFA World Cup™, spearheaded by current top scorer, Harry Kane.

Coach Roberto Martinez (C) celebrates Belgium's opening goal against Brazil in the quarterfinals.


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