England Set For World Cup Faceoff Against Sweden

Elena Summers
July 11, 2018

Like Gareth Southgate, Croatian boss Zlatko Dalic did not did not begin the World Cup qualifying campaign in charge of the nation. Through five matches, it looked as if they could finally deliver on their promise.

"I will get more attention and it won't be easy to go out for meals if I am in certain places but it won't change my view on the world or the things I attempt to do".

"I said to my family afterwards that it was weird because I didn't feel nervous or anything like that".

A Belgium team featuring numerous same stars lost 1-0 to Argentina in the World Cup quarterfinal four years ago and then was shocked 3-1 by Wales in the European Championship quarterfinals two years ago.

The 19 year-old seems immune to pressure and became the first teenager since Pele to score multiple goals in a World Cup match after his brace in four-minutes sent Argentina packing in the Round of 16. We want those who are 100 percent match fit.

The RAC predicted that those of us left behind would embark on the year's earliest commute.

But the potent Belgian attack gradually faded as France's rock-solid defense handed Belgium its first shutout of the tournament.

Unlike previous FIFA World Cups, the bar was set relatively low by England fans heading into Russian Federation and it's paid off, with Gareth Southgate's men flying under the radar to reach the semi-finals.

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"Generations. Who talks about generations?"

"I think everyone can see that they are proud to wear the shirt". We don't have the resources, the infrastructure, the money that other countries have.

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. A pair of Diego Maradona second-half goals sank Belgium that day.

"This team gives me goosebumps, even more so than the team of 1998", he added, in reference to the last time France won the World Cup, on home soil against Brazil 20 years ago.

"We have to believe in ourselves, we have such players, we have such potential, so it's not weird".

"Generations come and go", Kompany said. I think sport has the power to address that, and football, in particular, has the power to do that. "So maybe for the future we've still done something good for Belgian football". "From tournament to tournament, that's the drive and the ambition".

For a country like Croatia, with a population of little over four million, to be in the semi-finals of the World Cup is a remarkable achievement.

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