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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".

"Those memories are painful and the players realise this is their time", said Bilic.

Kylian Mbappe said he never imagined - "not even in my wildest dreams" - that he could help France reach the World Cup final after Les Bleus saw off Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday.

Croatia right back Sime Vrsaljko may be prevented from playing in Wednesday's semi final against England, due to orders from Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone.

"He is our captain, our leader, we follow him and if the team manages a great result and he gets the Ballon d'Or he will deserve it, and I want it for him". I felt something unusual and, after discussion with doctors, we decided I should go off.

After beating both Colombia and Sweden in the knockouts, running out rather comfortable winners in Saturday's, the Three Lions will tussle with fellow surprise package Croatia for a place in the final.

Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute header sent the French into the final and Deschamps' side will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as they look to lift the trophy for the second time following their triumph on home soil in 1998. The teams have not met since qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, when England won 4-1 in Zagreb and 5-1 at Wembley Stadium.

The teams aren't facing any major injury issues, but they are certainly dealing with tons of pressure. "We were unlucky at previous tournaments but now we are collecting those debts this year", said Modric after Saturday's win over Russian Federation in Sochi.

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. Of course I have an important role on a daily basis, but the credit goes to my players.

"We've been always returning to the 1998 team, putting a new burden on Modric and his team".

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