Oldham pubs gear up for another bumper World Cup night

Oldham pubs gear up for another bumper World Cup night

England fans who have jetted in for the semi-final have backed Gareth Southgate's young team to reach the nation's first World Cup final in 52 years.

Dalic's side were clearly exhausted, but they managed to fight on to the end of two hours of gripping football to take the country of just over four million people into the final for the first time.

"We created some good chances when we were 1-0 up, maybe we dropped a little too deep but we didn't get enough pressure on the ball".

Southgate said playing regularly in big matches was a key stage of development for his players and that the way they dropped away in the second half was perhaps a result of their inexperience. "I wanted to substitute but no one wanted to be subbed, everybody kept saying "I'm ready, I can run on", he said.

"We have to show pride and passion which we have". This journey to the semifinal will certainly help his players and make them more confident in the future, but their lack of nous at this level did show against Croatia.

"Hopefully they'll just get their heads down, work hard and get the win for us. We have to play as if it's the first game of the tournament". I thought it would be 2-1 to Croatia.

In-fact, 72% of England's goals have come from set-pieces. Rakitic added a late third as Croatia secured their place in the last 16.

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Among the best was Marcelo Brozovic, the Inter Milan midfielder brought into the line-up to provide extra steel in front of the defence. Look at the fans tonight, there was a lump in my throat watching the fans applaud us at the end.

"Now we have another chance to do something even better".

"A team like Croatia, we know their threats going forward, they have some quality players".

Dozens of English soccer fans began heading for Moscow in a last-minute rush on Tuesday in an effort to be part of a potentially historic sporting moment as England take on Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals.

"We're one of only three teams ever to get to a World Cup semi-final".

Gareth Southgate, his entire squad and support staff, looked in a daze as they stood just 20 yards from the banks of England supporters who had flooded into Russian Federation fuelled by hope and the desire to witness history.

Phil Foden, the Manchester City teenager, is highly regarded and a potential star of Euro 2020, but he has to play for his club before he can think of representing his country.

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