Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Raheem Sterling, England on collision course with Belgium in World Cup final

Raheem Sterling, England on collision course with Belgium in World Cup final

England were excellent against Sweden - sparking scenes of jubilation back home - but are likely to see far less of the ball against a technically excellent Croatia side, who like to dominate possession.

"It's coming home" makes up the chorus of the 1996 song "Three Lions", by The Lightning Seeds.

The last time the sides met, in a friendly in June 2015, ended 4-3 to Belgium with Marouane Fellaini scoring twice.

Lady Elsie, who has been greatly enjoying watching the World Cup herself, is well known for fronting the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, a charity dedicated to finding more effective ways to detect and treat cancer.

Teddy Allen of Staffordshire had a large picture of Kane and "World Cup Winners 2018" tattooed on his left thigh after England beat Sweden.

Many fans are preparing for "Waistcoat Wednesday", which will see fans dress up in the England manager's waistcoat to watch the national team take on Croatia in the world cup semi-final.

With Modric and Rakitic controlling the midfield, Croatia have had more possession than their opposition in four of five games at the World Cup.

England have reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.

The other semi-final pits England (No. 12) against a beat up team from Croatia (No. 20). For while Croatia looked excellent in the group stages they've needed penalties to get past Denmark and then hosts Russian Federation in the knockout rounds. It's fantastic because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England. They are in the better half of the draw and we have a proper team, full of quality, full of experience.

"I've met quite a few of those players and we know exactly how they're held and perhaps in the modern era that would be even crazier, social media and everything else, the global thing is so much bigger". England to win and Under 2.5 goals is a 3/1 chance and might be the way to bet.

England have proven themselves as an attacking force, smashing the nation's previous goalscoring record at the FIFA World Cup™, spearheaded by current top scorer, Harry Kane.

This is only the second time the model has changed its forecast all tournament and did so after its pre-competition favourites Brazil crashed out 2-1 against Belgium in the quarter-finals.

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