Mixed emotions in Scotland as England prepare for semi-final

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England have been rewriting history in Russian Federation, and Southgate is hoping there will be more to come as they play their most important World Cup game since losing to West Germany on penalties in the semi-finals of Italia '90.

England has not been as far as the semi-finals since they last hosted the tournament in 1966.

Regardless, England will need him to brilliant if it hopes to beat Croatia, but even then, Croatia's midfield will be too much for England to handle, and it should reach its first World Cup final.

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. The French were powered by a determined and organised performance.

"There were questions over Sime Vrsaljko but our right-back trained normally and could be ready", they stated below an image of the player in training.

Most of their star forwards were marked out of the game while goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made some fine stops when called upon. "The chance to go and play in other countries have helped", de Bruyne said.

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Statistically speaking, France had Belgium's number when it came to taking shots for most of the game.

Forward Kylian Mbappe, one of France's best players in Russian Federation, was not at the first 15 minutes of training open to the media, but Deschamps said he had a full squad to choose from. Didier Deschamps' squad definitely has a thousand faces, and they could all be smiling at the end of this World Cup. Modric and Rakitic have been brilliant all tournament and have created all kinds of havoc for teams in the middle of the field; look for them to do more of the same in this game.

Martinez said the loss to France really hurt them, disclosing that the team's dressing room after the match was a sad atmosphere.

A World Cup champion will be crowned on Sunday. We're pleased with the intelligence and style of our play.

"I was here last summer for the Confederations Cup, and it was exactly the same, there were a lot of stories going into the tournament that I knew weren't going to be true, and that's proved to be the case", former England global Southgate added.

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