Rafa Benitez gives his verdict on England's World Cup hopes

Paola Ditto
Luglio 11, 2018

Dozens of English soccer fans began heading for Moscow in a last-minute rush on Tuesday in an effort to be part of a potentially historic sporting moment as England take on Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals.

The Los Blancos star and his Croatia side stand in the way of England and their hopes of reaching their first World Cup final since 1966.

Croatia have never been to a World Cup final, though they reached the semi-finals in 1998 with a team featuring the likes of Slavan Bilic and Davor Suker. "There's a lot of enthusiasm".

"I would just walk out of the room. I'll go even if England don't make it, the atmosphere will be great".

Paul Sealey, who is visiting the area, said: "The team will do all in their power to win".

Tottenham have plenty of money to spend this summer and, after establishing himself as one of the world's top young centre-backs, Maguire suddenly looks very good value at £50 million.

Mia Šetula, a Croatian student at Bournemouth University, admitted she will be cheering for England's opponents tonight.

They return to Moscow for the game against Croatia, having played in the Russian capital in the last 16 against Colombia, albeit at the smaller Spartak Stadium.

Stan Chattersley, who has lived in Bournemouth for 15 years, admitted he would not be supporting England. "Right", I thought, "I'd better put those socks on this time".

Well this lad has got one of Kane.

Another football fan flying to Croatia to watch the game is James Stephenson, from Winton.

Waistcoat mania has well and truly become something else to the point where tomorrow is also being referred to as '#WaistcoatWednesday' in support of England's crucial semi-final game against Croatia.

He said: "The momentum is growing and I think our squad has greater depth".

"I just have a feeling that England will find a way to win".

About a dozen England fans passing through Heathrow wore dark blue waistcoats over their T-shirts in tribute to Southgate who has taken to wearing a waistcoat on the touch-line along with suit pants and a dress shirt and tie. I am ignoring the meaningless match against Belgium.

After the win against Sweden, Bournemouth experienced a party atmosphere as thousands flooded into the streets.

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