Gazza's message for Southgate and his England squad

Frank Skinner plants a kiss on David Baddiel as England slam through to World Cup semis

The political turmoil at home for England is covered in detail elsewhere on the site, and raises a tantalising prospect: if the government falls by Sunday, the fact that England only ever wins the World Cup under Labour may remain true. Croatia will now face off with England, and France with Belgium, in the semifinals this week for a chance to lift the trophy on July 15, the last day of the tournament. They have also shown versatility in defence, with their three-man backline anchored by the impressive John Stones, in front of their fearless, agile goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford.

And in Croatia, the talk these days will also be of the quality of brilliant 1998 semi-finalists Davor Suker, Zvonimir Boban or Robert Prosinecki and the national team's only last-four appearance until now. They were runners-up to Italy in the 2006 World Cup hosted by Germany.

Both France and Belgium won their respective groups.

Their Semi Final opponents and neighbours France have Emmanuel Macron as president - a former Socialist Party minister who launched his own party, which he describes politically as "neither left nor right".

Ian Odgers has already been to Russian Federation for the World Cup and saw England's victory over Colombia via a penalty shoot out before travelling back home and missing the quarter-final against Sweden. Harry Kane has 6 goals for England and is looking a sure bet for the Golden Boot Award.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association may as well give them the World Cup now, being honest. Thoughts of history and playing greats of the past are never far away at World Cup semi-finals.

"We can't wait to get going now against Croatia", he added. Eight teams are seeded on each side of the bracket.

"The results of the two semi-final matches will of course depend on the four teams' performances and strategies", said an unnamed organiser of the event.

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Those rumours proved unfounded as Sterling played the full 90 minutes of the 6-1 rout, setting up Jesse Lingard for England's goal of the tournament so far.

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