Zlatko Dalic says Croatia's World Cup progress is no surprise

Ruben Hill
July 11, 2018

If Southgate's young side overcome Russian Federation tonight they will face France in the World Cup final next Sunday in Moscow, their first final since 1966.

Southgate has done what only Ipswich and England legends Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson have done before him, as he prepares his side for this evening's World Cup semi-final against Croatia in Moscow.

The Three Lions once again scored from a dead ball situation, their eighth set-piece goal of this World Cup.

'When I was managing at Middlesbrough we had a game at Reading and I was under a bit of pressure. "There's a lot of enthusiasm".

He also said that he would be flying to Russian Federation to watch the final, adding: "I'm just waiting on my visa". I can imagine the same kind of scenes, a very great and positive atmosphere back in England.

Paul Sealey, who is visiting the area, said: "The team will do all in their power to win".

But not everyone from Bournemouth will be rooting for Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson.

However, ahead of England v Croatia tonight, I can't disagree this time.

"Our players did a great job".

For decades, England managers have been plagued by the dilemma of fitting in the star English players into a single tactical system and still function at an optimal level.

Stan Chattersley, who has lived in Bournemouth for 15 years, admitted he would not be supporting England.

"But regardless of that, I think the football across the board has been really exciting, really entertaining, and the hosting of the tournament and the cities that have hosted it has been outstanding".

Another football fan flying to Croatia to watch the game is James Stephenson, from Winton.

Incredible scenes have filled the town centre after the team progressed through the competition reaching the semi-finals for the first time in 28 years. We go 1-0 down, in danger of going home.

"We've won after scoring in the last minute, won after conceding in the last minute, come through extra time and penalties".

About a dozen England fans passing through Heathrow wore dark blue waistcoats over their T-shirts in tribute to Southgate who has taken to wearing a waistcoat on the touch-line along with suit pants and a dress shirt and tie. "I think it's going to be incredibly loud in any bar we end up going to for the match".

After the win against Sweden, Bournemouth experienced a party atmosphere as thousands flooded into the streets.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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