Croatia's run to the World Cup semi-finals may be a surprise to some, but coach Zlatko Dalic said his players had always been among the best in the world and are ready to go down in history as another golden generation when they face England on Wednesday.
After a pair of the quarterfinal matches played on July 6, team France enjoyed a confident defeat of 2-0 over Uruguay in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, while Belgium went for 2-1 win over the legendary Brazilian team in the city of Kazan.
He nailed the semi-finals..
Didier Deschamps has one of the strongest squads in the tournament, and it's hard to find a weakness in his team.
Belgium has never been to the final of a World Cup, but that's exactly what they look poised to do as the highest-ranked team (No. 3 in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings) left in the tournament. It will be Croatia's second World Cup semi-final appearance since 1998 and England's first since 1990.
However, Deputy Pamplin said that the desire to create a "family friendly" area away from the pubs and clubs meant that Jardins de la Mer was ultimately the best site.
Our worst fears about this World Cup have been confirmed: none of the countries left in the tournament have left-wing governments.
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"I remember people saying he's going to be a one-hit wonder and he's just completely proven them wrong and blown it out the water".
The two teams will play in Moscow to decide who makes the final on Sunday. The hunger of players has been there for everyone to see, we are proud of the style they have played.
"The results were below the level and quality of our players".
Fans have been dancing in the town's streets and chanting It's Coming Home following England's wins earlier in the tournament.
The song was released before Euro '96, when Southgate missed England's crucial penalty as they lost a semi-final shootout to Germany at Wembley. Harry Kane takes the field with England in their final group stage match Thursday.
Yet while it was complete focus on the job in hand as the players prepared for what is the most high-pressure game of their global careers, the relaxed vibe surrounding the England base camp in Repino remained.