Hosts Russia disappointed but exit World Cup stage with pride

Harry Kane of England is the leading scorer at the World Cup

Russia's unexpectedly strong performance in World Cup 2018 has won over a new generation of fans despite the team's exit at the quarter-final stage.

In a video which was published on her official Facebook page she is seen dancing and singing along with the members of the Croatian team in the dressing room.

Two of this year's surprise World Cup packages in Croatia and England meet with a place in the final at stake.

It's a grand one, reaching the World Cup final has eluded some of their best players in recent history, the poster-boys for those who will take to the pitch of Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium in an epic second semi-final showdown on Wednesday. Martinez hopes to succeed where they failed by employing a two-year process to ensure "this is a team, this is not a group of individuals". Luka Modric has been the pivot of that team but it is also fair to say the team is built on profound unity and strength that has been the precursor to the enormous successes.

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The Three Lions have scored eight times from set-pieces in Russian Federation already, the most at a World Cup since Portugal in 1966.

After returning from their Friday quarterfinals in Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan, respectively, France and Belgium worked out at their Moscow-area training bases Sunday before heading to St. Petersburg for their Tuesday night semifinal.

A decade ago, England had one of the best set-piece takers in soccer in David Beckham, whose precision and ability to curl the ball in from the wing was an important weapon at major tournaments.

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"It's football but, thank God, in the end, we're in the semi-final".

Modric will feature in a midfield that consists of the likes of Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, while Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Mateo Kovacic and Dejan Lovren are just some of the names in a Croatian team expected to be England's toughest test yet.

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and risky alongside Harry Kane", Dalic said in a press conference Sunday.

"If you're asking me a question in a one-off final can we do it?" "We want more", Modric said after tasting victory in the quarterfinal against Russian Federation.

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The criminal case hasn't affected Croatia's progress to its first World Cup semifinal in 20 years, despite Modric being charged with perjury in March.

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