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This is a proud nation and a proud football team, and to reach a World Cup final would represent a truly remarkable story.

One incredible fan who donned a headscarf bearing her team's colours went viral on social media after being snapped cheering her boys home.

Southgate said he was convinced that win or lose on Wednesday, his team have a bright future after decades of English under-achievement on the global stage.

- England has scored 11 goals at this year's World Cup, tying its record from the victorious 1966 tournament.

"But any team in a World Cup semi-final is going to find the energy and going to find the motivation".

Croatia can hurt teams further forward, though.

"This is a really big day for Croatian sport and football", Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said before leaving for Russian Federation. "We hope for a victory".

"Gareth Southgate and the boys have done a fantastic job and I'm sure they are going to go on to do well and I wish them all the best of luck tonight", May said.

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Les Bleus continued their fine competition on Tuesday, as a Samuel Umtiti header was enough to see them past Belgium in the semi-final.

While they haven't played with the attacking potential they're capable of, France have been measured and professional throughout this World Cup.

The contribution of Raheem Sterling remains a polarizing debate in England with the Manchester City player without a goal for his country since October, 2015 but Southgate says the forward's contribution in Russian Federation has been essential.

France coach Didier Deschamps said he was delighted to have the chance to bury the pain of the Euro 2016 final, which his side lost on home soil to Portugal.

With their own bitter memories of past semi-final defeats in the soccer tournament, England and Croatia will be competing for a spot in Sunday's final against France.

"But we enjoy to play against big teams, as we showed against Argentina, and have nothing to lose".

England hasn't played in the semifinals of a major tournament since Southgate's penalty kick at Wembley was saved by Andreas Koepke 22 years ago, and Andrea Moeller put the next kick over David Seaman and under the crossbar.

Either way, they face their biggest test yet this World Cup and in the biggest game of their careers.

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