Stars With African Roots In World Cup Semi-Final

Harry Kane lookalike Danny McLaughlin is star attraction

Winning the World Cup for the first time in 52 years has now transformed from fantasy into a distinct possibility, and Southgate thinks the rise of social media would only amplify the reaction if his England were to upset the odds and make it all the way.

He said: "I can't wait, I just wish it was now".

Southgate will be hoping the bracelet continues to bring him luck when England play Croatia in the World Cup semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday night. The team had failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup in the USA, but the European championships were in the United Kingdom, so football was indeed coming home - at least in one sense.

"If you're asking me a question in a one-off final can we do it?"

England were excellent against Sweden - sparking scenes of jubilation back home - but are likely to see far less of the ball against a technically excellent Croatia side, who like to dominate possession.

Now a new generation of players will be out to create their own footballing history when France meet Belgium and Croatia play England for a place in the July 15 final in Moscow. More than 50 years on, there doesn't seem to be any record of how the song performed in the charts.

More than just being a brilliant song, Three Lions represents a narrative departure from previous football anthems.

Combine their runs in behind defences with Raheem Sterling's tremendous pace, England's threat from set-pieces and a goal-hungry team, and Croatia's centre-backs could have a long evening ahead. Eight teams are seeded on each side of the bracket. That meant only Uruguay and Sweden remained as representatives of progressivism in the Quarter Finals, and both went into their matches as underdogs; Uruguay against centrist France, and Sweden against right-wing England.

"We've won after scoring in the last minute, won after conceding in the last minute, come through extra time and penalties".

Suker, now the president of the Croatian Football Federation (HNS), feels England were fortunate to get past Colombia.

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