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Rafa Benitez gives his verdict on England's World Cup hopes

11 July 2018

And here's one of Harry Maguire.

The Los Blancos star and his Croatia side stand in the way of England and their hopes of reaching their first World Cup final since 1966.

Mia Šetula, a Croatian student at Bournemouth University, admitted she will be cheering for England's opponents tonight.

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However, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has revealed that he was anxious about about how three England players would cope going into the tournament.

"Croatia play maybe a little bit slowly... they have good players but it's another style of play". For a stage as grand as the FIFA World Cup, a combination of elite footballers within a dynamic tactical system is often the easiest route to strike gold, as Didier Deschamps has managed to do with France, leading Les Bleus to successive finals in 2016 Euro and 2018 World Cup.

She added that she is flying back to Croatia and would be watching the game as part of a joint birthday football celebration.

Steve, who was at the 1982, 1990 and 1998 World Cups as a member of the media, picks up the story: "Twenty years ago in 1998 I got involved with Statto (Angus Loughran) from (Frank) Skinner and (David) Baddiel's Fantasy Football, which was all the rage at that time", he said.

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"Sometimes I think these things are written and the way this tournament has opened up for England, is one of the reasons it feels like this is their time".

Well this lad has got one of Kane.

Incredible scenes have filled the town centre after the team progressed through the competition reaching the semi-finals for the first time in 28 years.

He said: "The momentum is growing and I think our squad has greater depth". We go 1-0 down, in danger of going home.

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"I just have a feeling that England will find a way to win". I am ignoring the meaningless match against Belgium.

Rafa Benitez gives his verdict on England's World Cup hopes