Victoria Lopyreva, glamorous ambassador for the soccer World Cup in Russia and a former Miss Russia, urged England fans on Monday to ignore politics and travel to Moscow to support their team in Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia.
Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic celebrates with his team-mate Danijel Subasic after winning the penalty shootout against the hosts Russia during the 2018 World Cup quarter-final match at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia on Saturday.
Croatia don't see themselves as favourites in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final although most of their players have more global experience than those from opponents England. "There is pressure but also enjoyment of being in the World Cup semi-finals", Mandzukic said.
The Tottenham forward is the tournament's leading scorer with six goals, putting him level with Gary Lineker's 1986 haul, ahead of Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia.
Since then, the team have been transformed under the leadership of Southgate and the 32-year-old hopes their form can continue in Russian Federation.
"In my personal opinion, I think this is the best he's played for the Croatian national team".
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The 31-year-old Lloris describes the Belgium lineup as "quite simply, the most complete side in the tournament, in all aspects of the game". "I felt really relieved", Dalic said.
Zlatko Dalic's men thought they had won the game when centre-back Domagoj Vida put them in front in extra time, only for Russia's Mario Fernandes to head home in the 115th minute and snatch a thrilling 2-2 draw.
Immediately after his penalty went in Rakitic was mobbed by his team-mates - in repeat scenes of Croatia's last-16 shootout victory over Denmark.
The World Cup Final is scheduled to kick off at 4pm on Sunday, July 15. "It will be a battle again but I trust us, I have belief in us".
The two sides have not played each other since September 2009, but there does seem to be a pattern throughout the seven matches they have played.
Croatia often looked reluctant to attack and Modric's words after the game hinted at a lack of adventure that will surely cost them sooner or later.
"I thought it was a great performance, obviously with so much pressure - the world watching on, England watching on", he added.