A look at what’s ahead in the World Cup

A look at what’s ahead in the World Cup

A look at what’s ahead in the World Cup

England are in a World Cup semi-final for the first time in 28 years.

With the likes of Antoine Griezman, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, arguably the next big superstar in world football, just to name a few, France have a scary amount of talent in attack.

England's players celebrate Dele Alli putting them 2-0 up against Sweden (Photo: Getty)Team news and line-upsThe expected line-ups for the World Cup semi-final featuring England and Croatia. Can we beat Croatia?

The two team's face off in Moscow on Wednesday night, with the winnner going through to face either Belgium or France in the World Cup final.

"But all the guys who played with him at Tottenham said he was an unbelievable person as well and everyone can see how good he is as a player. There's no complacency." One of the reasons given for England's success in Russian Federation is their remote base in the sleepy seaside town of Repino, 45 kilometres (28 miles) northwest of Saint Petersburg, far removed from the hype back home.

"You want to be playing the top teams and test yourself", said Alli.

"They showed from the games I've seen so far that they play direct football and they are very fast".

Standing in their way however is a Croatia outfit coming off two successive penalty shootout victories over Denmark and hosts Russian Federation respectively.

The midfielder, by his own admission, didn't have his best game.

It made Alli (22) the second youngest England scorer in a World Cup game, after Michael Owen.

The RTE Sport pundit has written off the chances of both their semi-final opponents and one of the other nations, leaving Belgium as the only team that could stop Gareth Southgate's side.

Their opponents have had two energy-sapping 120-minute games, after needing penalties to overcome Denmark in the last-16 and then Russian Federation in their quarter-final in Sochi on Saturday night.

After years of lamenting the behavior of its traveling fans, maybe now it is time for England to take more of an inward look. It's fantastic because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England.

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is facing a Belgian team that has scored a tournament-leading 14 goals in five matches when they meet in the semifinals in St. Petersburg.

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