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England's Dele Alli celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the quarterfinal match between Sweden and

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, left, is beaten by a header from France's Samuel Umtiti for the opening goal during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia on Tuesday.

But if England do reach the final then they will have done so without beating any of the world's top 13 teams, a feat only previously achieved in recent history by this year's confirmed finalists France in 1998.

A mural depicting Russian football coach Stanislav Cherchesov's mustachioed features has undergone a series of physical transformations in the days after the Russian national team was knocked out of the World Cup over the weekend. But after two ugly, penalty-shootout wins in the knockout stage, oddsmakers aren't too high on Croatia's chances of eliminating England.

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England are into the World Cup semi-finals, with Harry Maguire admitting that football is coming home for the Three Lions ..."hopefully".

"It's been an incredible run and I feel lucky to have been here for this match. I'll go even if England don't make it, the atmosphere will be great".

While semi-final tickets remained relatively affordable before the game, going for between £300 and £800 from touts and online resellers, the market for final tickets was already at several times face value. The BBPA hasn't put out its predictions for the possibility, though the group has said all of the matches so far have led pub patrons to create an approximately $160 million boost to the United Kingdom economy. "This is the youngest English side in years and I think they'll do very well against Croatia". Every time he touched the ball on Wednesday evening, the home crowd made themselves known, whistling furiously.

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