Football fan rushes off to Russian Federation for World Cup semi-final

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Reflecting on England reaching their first semi-final in the World Cup since her husband was at the helm in 1990, Lady Elsie said: "Bob would be thrilled by the progress of this talented England team". The players gave everything and were pushing until the last second to get back in the game.

There is little prospect that they would have come this far without Modric, who as a boy was forced to flee his village home after his grandfather was killed by Serb forces in the Croatian independence war.

"When I played we beat Germany 3-0 at the 1998 World Cup (in the quarter-finals)". Both teams have fought their way valiantly to this point, even getting through penalty shootouts to advance.

Modric himself is not fussed with the Golden Ball or the World Player award in September, because "the most important thing is Croatia".

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Several hundred fans from Slavonski Brod watched the shootout on big screens in the grounds of Brod Fortress on a bar tab provided by hometown hero - and the team's star striker - Mario Mandzukic. "We have everything needed to do that, a great team, great staff and I hope we will make the extra step", he said. "Why didn't you ask me about when I played well against him?"

Asked how he would avoid the song, Southgate added: "I would just walk out of the room, it is an anthem and has followed the team for a long time but involved some hard moments as well".

Lady Elsie, who has been greatly enjoying watching the World Cup herself, is well known for fronting the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, a charity dedicated to finding more effective ways to detect and treat cancer.

Modric is on a high after helping Croatia win a penalty shootout against Russian Federation to book their semi-final spot. Winning the Europa League was big for Atletico, we were so lucky, but playing for the national team, for your country, is totally different. "We have a privilege to get to the final", he said, before saying he was "here to write a new page in history".

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