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Henderson hopeful on fitness for World Cup semi-final

10 July 2018, 07:32 | Pamela Mathis

Image Croatia after they beat Russia on penalties during their quarter-final match

Croatia after they beat Russia on penalties during their quarter final match

For a country with a population of little more than four million, making it all the way to the final would be a remarkable achievement.

England too left Italy 28 years ago feeling that the team featuring Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne could have gone all the way.

While Croatian players, who have been asked constantly about the generation of 1998 and never fail to express their admiration for the likes of Zvonimir Boban and Davor Suker, those comparisons are a weight they feel is unneeded. As we regroup, he turns to me and says, "right that's enough, time to lift the tempo, let's get about them". It will be another very tough match for us, a great challenge. The two teams last faced each other in World Cup qualifying in 2009, and both matches in that group went decisively to England - but that was almost a decade ago.

But on Monday, defender Ashley Young was quick to dismiss it's significance. We go 1-0 down, in danger of going home. Not what's happened in the past.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has told The Guardian that he hopes to nutmeg Croatia midfielder Luka Modric again on Wednesday night.

US warships passed through the Taiwan Strait, officials say
On Wednesday, the carrier changed the name of Taiwan to Chinese Taipei on its website, following advice from India's government . The two ships were identified as the guided-missile destroyers USS Mustin and USS Benfold , both based out of Japan.


Elon Musk leaves 'impractical kid-sized sub' at Thailand cave
Torrential rainfall and flooding cut off their escape route and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days. The boys have been in the cave since June 23 when they were exploring the cave and unexpected rain flooded the tunnels.


Thai cave rescue: All 12 boys and their coach rescued
Earlier Tuesday, Thai navy SEALS said a ninth boy had been brought out of the cave on the third day of the rescue effort. Nineteen divers are involved in the rescue attempt and officials said water levels remain stable, unaffected by the rain.


The goalkeeper struggled with a muscle injury during Croatia's quarter-final victory over Russia, Subasic needing treatment in extra-time before a heroic performance in the penalty shoot-out.

Just one match separates England from their first World Cup final since 1966 and Croatia from their maiden appearance in the summit clash of the mega event as the two sides set to lock horns in the mouth-watering semi-final clash at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday.

The Three Lions' only global title is the 1966 World Cup victory on home soil.

"Gareth's sideline style has meant our waistcoats are really scoring with our customers, with sales doubling since the World Cup began", said a spokeswoman for retailer Marks & Spencer. They lost to hosts and eventual winners France.

"We're going to have to pay attention to those details, because we conceded a goal against Russian Federation that we shouldn't allow".



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