No absentees for England training ahead of World Cup semi-final

Ruben Holloway
July 11, 2018

Brazilian Mario Zagallo won the 1958 and the 1962 World Cups as a player and then coached Brazil to the 1970 title, while Franz Beckenbauer was captain of West Germany in 1974 and led them to the world title in 1990 as their coach.

With the crowd silenced following an extra-time header from Croatia defender Domagoj Vida in the 101st minute, Russian Federation defender Mario Fernandes scored with his own header in the 115th to send the match to the penalty shootout.

His son, Mark, tells of what his father said after the match.

In 1998, Croatia, which had emerged from a bitter independence war only three years earlier, made its debut at a World Cup finals.

Gascoigne, visibly emotional having heard that recounting of the story for the first time, and his reaction serve as a display of how impactful Robson had been in his young life at that time.

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In order to win, England will need to contain Modric, who is involved in nearly every Croatian attack, controlling the pace, and scoring twice, including in the impressive 3-0 win over Lionel Messi's Argentina.

"Playing in Sunday's final match had been the dreams and hopes of all of us, because we came here to go all the way and play in the final match".

England, meanwhile, were tested by Colombia before comfortably dispatching of Sweden in the quarter-finals.

Croatia went undefeated winning Group D, including a convincing 3-0 hammering of Argentina, then beat both Spain and Russian Federation in matches that lasted 2 hours each and both went to penalty kicks.

The French players danced on the field after their victory but toned it down slightly to shake hands with Thierry Henry, who helped Les Bleus win the World Cup in 1998 and is now Belgium's assistant coach. Only the winners advance until the semi-finals.

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The loser of that match will battle Belgium for third place in the consolation match Saturday.

CBS Sports has created a downloadable World Cup bracket for you to follow along every World Cup match.

"It's great to be facing a team like France because they are very similar in terms of the individual talent they have", Martinez added.

Lovren, however, was annoyed by a question about one of his worst performances for Liverpool - last October's visit to Wembley to play Spurs.

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