Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Photographer mobbed by Croatia goal celebration in England semi-final

Photographer mobbed by Croatia goal celebration in England semi-final

And while the young Lions - tied with Les Bleus as the greenest in the whole tournament - barely threatened for most of the next hour, it felt like Trippier's early strike would hold up against a exhausted team that had played nearly another full match in winning its first two knockout games from the penalty spot.

"We were like lions out there tonight and we will be the same in the final", he said.

France beat Croatia in the semi-final en route to becoming champions 20 years ago, but Pogba is conscious he and his team-mates are yet to earn their own status as world beaters.

England are in the last four of a major tournament for the first time since Euro ´96, when Southgate himself missed a penalty in a shootout defeat against Germany.

"It is unbelievable. It is the dream of dreams, the dream of the future, everything", Mbappe said.

"We´re going into a semi-final but it just seems like it´s the next step on the journey", Southgate said. Before Cortez knew it, he was part of the Croatian celebration.

France players celebrate Samuel Umtiti's goal.

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All the rescued are expected to be taken to the hospital soon. "The second group of four rescued on Monday are aged 12 to 14". He added that all of them were generally healthy and in good spirits, thanks to their "high immunity " from playing football.

"There is still one more step to take, but we're proud of what we've done".

"People say I had a hard season but I don't agree with that", he said.

Umtiti said: "I've known him for many years, he's always been a leader, he has that in him. It may repeat itself once, maybe never".

Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and France are about to get that chance.

Ex-Real Madrid forward Davor Suker, the current president of the country's football federation, was the golden boot victor in 1998 with six goals for a team that also featured AC Milan midfielder Zvonimir Boban, as well as defenders Igor Stimac and Slaven Bilic - both of whom played in England.

Spirit of warriors: Dalic says his players will not be exhausted for their historic final against France.

The fact remains, though, that on Sunday they will play the biggest match of their lives against a France side bursting with youth and vigour that has had a day more rest and played the equivalent of a match fewer over the knockout rounds.

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