Croatia become smallest nation to reach World Cup final since 1950

England football fans enjoying the World Cup

Croatia's strength of character will serve them well in the World Cup final against France, their coach and players said after they came from behind for the third straight knockout match to beat England on Wednesday.

And, specifically for the crowds back in England, it was a chance to fling all those pints of beer high overhead.

A big day for British soccer (or football) fans when their team is competing in the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup against Croatia.

"We've always watched the England games in Penticton, and we got thrown out of a pub a couple of years ago for singing too much".

If England is to advance, it will have to get through Croatia, which has its own history of World Cup futility.

"He's captained the team brilliantly throughout this tournament and I can't ask more of him as a captain or as a man over the last three weeks".

The Croatia defender set up the equalizer in the second half and then saved a likely goal by clearing a shot off the line in the first half of extra time.

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But Raj Singh, a Canadian who supports England because he has relatives in Britain, said the team may have passed up their best opportunity in a lifetime to reach a World Cup final.

The victory improves Croatia's previous best showing at the World Cup, which ended in a 1998 semifinal loss to the host French.

Police are calling on the public to enjoy England's World Cup semi-final tonight sensibly after releasing shock footage of drunken behaviour during last weekend.

HNS also said that Vukojevic and Vida apologised for their statements, saying they were not meant to be political messages but "unfortunately left room for such interpretations".

"I'm absolutely gutted", Gary Mullan, 36, a financial consultant, said. "We worked hard defensively, we needed to take advantage a bit more in the counter-attacks but congratulations to my players and my staff", he said, according to Reuters.

While England's top football players were on the pitch, its top golfers were sitting at home watching the game unfold.

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