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England secured their first semi-final place in the tournament for 28 years after seeing off Sweden 2-0 on Saturday, with only Croatia standing in their way of reaching the final following their dramatic penalty shootout victory against hosts Russian Federation.

Croatia are a team that were projected to get to the semifinal once Russian Federation managed to beat shaky Spain side.

The win, in a 2010 World Cup qualifier, secured England's place at the finals in South Africa with five qualifying matches still to play.

France coach Didier Deschamps doesn't view Tuesday's World Cup semifinal against Belgium as the chance for footballing revenge, but as an opportunity for his players to take another step towards fulfilling their full potential.

Despite the fact that Croatia do have such a wealth of talent in the midfield area, the former Liveprool player believes that Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic have seen their influence over games diminish as the tournament has progressed as teams have seen the benefit of closing them down quickly.

"And seeing the fans back home on social media has been awesome". After losing 1-0 to Belgium, England really have been in the easier side of the draw and they duly used that to their strengths. It's unbelievable because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England. If England reach the World Cup Final we're gonna close all our stores in England early at 3pm on Sunday 15th July.

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Players to watch: Martinez gave Nacer Chadli a return to the starting line-up for the match against Brazil after he came off the bench to score an incredible late victor against Japan in the round of 16. How they're still held and revered", he said, adding: "I've met quite a few of those players and we know exactly how they're held. Ernst Happel of Austria led the Netherlands to the 1978 final, where it lost in extra time to Argentina.

The midfielder, by his own admission, didn't have his best game.

Not since 1990 have the Three Lions reached the last four, when the likes of Gary Lineker and Stuart Pearce lost to Germany on penalties.

Kieran Trippier says the support and reaction from fans to England's World Cup campaign at home and in Russian Federation continues to inspire the Three Lions squad. Two years is a long period, it's been a long process since then.

Sir Alf Ramsey led England to World Cup glory in 1966 (PA Archive).

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