England vs Croatia, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates
8:52PM Analysis England are lucky to still be in this, in one sense. Croatia were having it away there. That said, the Croatian defence has plenty of weaknesses too. Both managers have plenty of cards left to play. Pretty unprecedented situation here: there are still 7 (SEVEN) subs still to be used in extra-time.— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) July 11, 2018 8:51PM End of normal time: Croatia 1 England 1 Strinic, to Perisic... Walker with a timely intervention. And that is the end of 90 minutes! 8:48PM 90 mins: Croatia 1 England 1 Lovely feet from Rashford as he gets Trippier's throw. Chopped down by Rakitic. Freekick in an ideal spot. Trippier delivers on 90 mins Credit: ITV Decent opportunity for Harry Kane! But he muffs the header. Shame. Not at his sharpest tonight. 8:47PM 89 mins: Croatia 1 England 1 89 on the clock and the Croats passing it around ominously. England cannot get a look in. Lucky for them, the sub-standard Lovren gets involved, and donkeys it over the bar. Row ZZ. 3 minutes added. 8:46PM 88 mins: Croatia 1 England 1 Mandzukic, classy touch, opens it up for Rebic, whose pass is.... appalling. My mum has just turned off the #ENGvCRO match as it was “too much stress” and we are now watching 24 Hours In A and E...— MeeraSyal (@MeeraSyal) July 11, 2018 8:45PM 87 mins: Croatia 1 England 1 You cannot fault the English heart. They are giving everything. Lingard fighting like a tiger to get the ball from Strinic. 8:44PM 86 mins: Croatia 1 England 1 Oooh! Alli to Kane, tries to find Lingard... so close from spinning away from his man and onto the ball. 8:43PM 84 mins: Croatia 1 England 1 Pickford fails to deal with a lofted ball. Flaps. Perisic! He cannot loft it into the vulnerable net. 8:42PM 82 mins: Croatia 1 England 1 Mandzukic is starting to make his presence felt. Excellent control and a shot when Brozovic picks him out. Straight at Pickford. England look rattled and like they need someone to put their foot on the ball. 8:39PM 81 mins: Croatia 1 England 1 Rakitic, good battling, frees Perisic. Nobody there for his cross. 8:38PM 79 mins: Croatia 1 England 1 It is nervy stuff. My goodness. England make a huge production of clearing, Kieran Trippier tries a backpass, no look. Eeek. Maguire comes to his rescues but then himself plays Pickford into trouble. Pickford tries to clear and so nearly picks out a Croatian. Comedy of errors stuff. 8:36PM 79 mins: Croatia 1 England 1 Better from England after a horrible period. Alli runs and tries a nice through ball, Rashford is a foot away from taking it in his stride. Croatia are far from convincing at the back. 8:34PM 77 mins: Croatia 1 England 1 Lingard though can hit on the break, he shows good pace, gets to the byline, and crosses tempting across the goal. Rashford has made a difference. Kane and Rashford link, it's back to Henderson, who cannot produce a decent shot. 8:33PM 75 mins: Croatia 1 England 1 It's frantic now, and it's England who are on the wrong end of it. Different match now that those wingers switched. 8:31PM 74 mins: Croatia 1 England 1 Sterling off. Rashford comes on and is soon making fine progress down the left. He crosses but Croatia have the numbers back. 8:31PM 73 mins: Croatia 1 England 1 England are getting pumped now. Corner. Vrsaljko crosses. Brozovic lashes it from outside the box. 8:30PM 71 mins: Croatia 1 England 1 The post comes to England's rescue. England fail to clear, Stones shoulda whacked it. Perisic has got free again down the left side, he's cracked a shot and Pickford is well beaten. It hits Pickford's left hand post. It bounces quickly back to Rebic whose shot is tame and straight at the grateful Pickford. 8:26PM GOAL! Croatia 1 England 1 (Perisic 68) Ah, shame. It was a quality goal. An excellent cross from the right. Perisic has got his foot up very high, head height really, and he just manages to nick the ball off Walker's head. Pickford no chance. Croatia 1 - 1 England (Ivan Perisic, 68 min) The switch of wingers did the trick. Perisic has beasted Walker there :-( England have reasonable claims that could have been a free for dangerous play I guess. 8:23PM 64 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Modric comes deep to take it from Brosovic, one-two. Luka Modric continues his run. Into the area, and it drops for Perisic. He hits a ferocious shot that hits Walker in what football commentators like to delicately refer to as... his penis and testicles. He did not enjoy that very much. Needs the trainer on and helped to his feet. 8:21PM 62mins: Croatia 0 England 1 England enjoying a better spell again. Henderson sends Sterling through. He's down in the area. Dive? Push? Tackle? Slip? Really hard to tell: Vida, I think, tackled him fairly. Minimal protests. 8:17PM 59 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Trippier hacks clear, slices it behind for a corner. Pickford comes with a fine punch. Alli and Kane go over to back up their mate Lingard, who is pushed by Lovren. A minor miracle that Lovren has not been booked yet. Another step this England team have taken: they problem-solve in games by talking and helping each other. In the bad times you could see some thinking: 'This isn't my problem.'— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) July 11, 2018 8:15PM 57 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Pressure, pressure. England are under it. 8:14PM 55 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Lingard tries his luck, there's a deflection. Corner. Cleared. But it's out to Trippier on the right and he hits a superb first-time cross into the area. This lad has been a REVELATION! What technique. A super clearance by Lovren just denies Sir Harry Kane. 8:12PM 53 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Tell you who is booked though: Walker. He stopped Croatia taking a quick throw. The game has become niggly, fractious. England just need to focus in here. A sense of persecution might not be to their advantage. Beat them with pace, don't get drawn in. England let Croatia off the hook in the first half when they looked a bit desperate. A far more organised team now.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) July 11, 2018 8:10PM 50 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Rebic sends a hopeful freekick over looking for Perisic. It drifts out. Low on quality so far, this half. Kane gets down the left and is barged to the ground by Vrsaljko. No booking. 8:08PM 49 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Now it is Mandzukic's turn to go in the book, for punching the ball away childishly. Alli plays a careful, measured, slide rule pass to... nobody. Gareth on his feet, clapping his hands, urging the guys on. 8:07PM 49 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Come on boys. Forty five mins from a World Cup final. ������������������������������������������������������ #ThreeLions#ENGCRO— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) July 11, 2018 England yet to put together much in this half. They just need a settler. I could do with one myself. 8:03PM 46 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Strinic and Rebic making some good headway down the England left. A vaguely nervy start for England. The Croatia wingers Rebic and Persic have swapped sides. Rebic soon settles into his new home on the left by whacking Trippier in the mush as they got up for a header. A booking. Good Luck @England. I hope I’ve got the right coat on for now. #ENGCROpic.twitter.com/cDgvVf91W2— Paddington (@paddingtonbear) July 11, 2018 8:01PM That foul early on Luka Modric with the foul on Dele Alli that gave Trippier a freekick chance Credit: Getty 8:00PM Harry's agonising closeness Kane will be mortified not to have finished this, but the goalie dived back brilliantly Credit: Reuters 7:57PM I might have been harsh on Lovren Maybe there is a bit of contact from Maguire. Does Maguire haul down Lovren? But frankly who cares Credit: ITV 7:55PM Beer boyz England fans in Hyde Park waste about $10,000 in beer on team’s first goal against Croatia pic.twitter.com/lfCxGZfqNW— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 11, 2018 Not for me, this. Still, if people are happy then great. 7:54PM Analysis: England have been the better side They've been quicker, bolder and more exciting. They have had the more useful chances. Kane could have made it two apart from a fine double save. Sterling is roasting the centre backs. All that said, Croatia have been coming into it more and more and have very dangerous players. Modric probing, and those two powerful, strong wingers cutting inside. This is far, far from over. #CROENG Ball Map N° 3 (30' - 45')#ENG goes into the dressing room at the half leading 1-0, after warding off a frenzied charge fr #CRO in the last few minutes of the half. pic.twitter.com/H1iChIYNOQ— Van Hong (@SoccerInSepia) July 11, 2018 7:47PM Half time: Croatia 0 England 1 Superb from England. Dejan Lovren is behaving like an absolute chop. Shoved Kane in the stomach and Sterling in the throat, then had a bit of a lie down in the England box because Maguire breathed on him. You need a good dastardly foreigner in an England World Cup match, and the Liverpool man has stuck his hand up. 7:45PM 44 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 But out of nowhere, England play themselves into trouble. An underhit back pass from Maguire, Pickford tries to hack clear with Walker chaperoning, finds only a Croatian, Perisic. England just about have enough to close it down... ... England make a foul soon after, though. Modric freekick in. Half cleared. Modric picks it up... superb covering and tackle from Henderson. Wait. Lovren fell over during that freekick and they are going to have a quick VAR. VAR finds nothing and rightly so. That is half time. 7:42PM 41 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Croatia now taking the sting out. Slow play. At the back. Not a bad tactic for them, I think. If this is open and quick, England can get their tails up, enthusiasm of youth and all that. A classy, patient move ends with Vrsaljko smashing a foolish, ugly shot a mile over from 35 yards. Idiot. 7:41PM 39 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Nice little spell of possession here for the Croatians. Maguire looks like he has been fouled. Young has definitely been fouled! Rebic has clanged him from behind. Anyone would think there's something good on TV... this is the M1 near Rotherham #bbcworldcup#ENGCRO (Latest image @HighwaysYORKS) pic.twitter.com/YOBNkgdP00— BBC Look North (Yks) (@BBCLookNorth) July 11, 2018 7:38PM 36 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 "Did I just see that?" asks Glenn Hoddle. "England centre backs playing it out from the back?!" You did indeed Glenn. You must have done something good in a previous life. Test yourself with our new VAR game— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) July 6, 2018 7:36PM 35 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Kane slips it to Alli. He shows good composure to hold it up, and wait for Lingard to arrive. Lingard has time, he picks his spot, but he never looked really likely, and it's a bit of a lame effort wide in the end. 7:34PM 33 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Croatia's best spell. A break. Young slides in, does enough to put the man (Rebic) off. Croatia handball from the corner. Rebic dangerous. Waddle on the BBC: "Normally England do come off the pace after 30 minutes, and Croatia are just starting to come into the game." Test yourself with our new VAR game— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) July 6, 2018 7:32PM 32 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Danger here for England though. Cutting, clever move from Croatia. England's backline divided by the dribbling of Modric, who lays it off. A shot from Rebic, from outside the area. Pickford gathers comfortably enough. 7:31PM 30 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Harry Kane! Should have score. England pressure, he's slipped through, just the keeper to beat. Sidefoots it. Keeper manages to get something on it, rebounds to Kane. He tries to shoot from a very narrow angle, it hits the keeper's legs and onto the post. Kane clean through Credit: ITV 7:29PM 29 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Sterling. Down the right. Croatia doubling up. They fear his pace. The game is open, England getting a chance to use their major open play weapon: running at pace. 7:28PM None of those celeb endorsements Hold a candle to this Lest we forget, from 2002... the worst-ever celebrity message to an England World Cup team �������������� pic.twitter.com/CGIvqXBtXA— Steve Anglesey (@sanglesey) July 11, 2018 7:27PM 26 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Lovren shoves Raheem in the throat. Okay, enough now. He should have been booked, the Liverpool centre half. 7:25PM 24 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 England break in numbers. Trippier, Lingard, Alli, Sterling. This team is really exciting! Go on lads. They cannot quite find the ball that would open up a backtracking, rattled Croatia. 7:24PM 23 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Sterling's pace is causing big problems. Not quite located the 'composure' button yet. Strinic shoves Trippier to the ground. 7:23PM 20 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Lovren has shoved Kane, hard, in the solar plexus. That could have been a booking, no? Anyway, a short freekick. The ball through to Subasic. And now the Croatian goalie has had a total episode! He gives the ball to Strinic, a proper hospital pass, the defender has lost it to Sterling, who slips it through to unmarked Kane.... he is well offside. 7:20PM 19 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Perisic stops Trippier with a sore tackle. Perisic cuts in from the flank and fires a low shot just wide. Croatia starting to get into this, their attackers starting to find one or two gaps in between the English lines. 7:18PM 17 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 England fans brave enough to boo the link up and passing play of Modric and Rakitic, the latter playing the ball out as he tries to find the overlapping Vrsaljko. Croatia are rocking and reeling here. England look quicker, sharper, younger, hungrier. They look very dangerous from set pieces. Croatia's classy passers not able to dictate. 7:14PM 13 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 England with a quick, bright move, they get the break of the ball. Alli looks up, and plays it out to the right. A despairing Croatian interception, and England have another corner. This time from the right. Maguire! Gets up really well again, and heads it back across the goal. Wide of the post. Here's the goal celebration. Kieran Trippier is mobbed Credit: AFP 7:12PM 11 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Young has a corner for England. Here's the Love Train! Maguire meets it with his giant tellyheid but nods it over. 7:09PM 8 mins: Croatia 0 England 1 Croatia dust themselves down. Young, under pressure, concedes a corner. And England come on the break from that. A glistening factoid: "Kieran Trippier is the first number 12 to score this World Cup. This is the first time since the introduction of 23-man squads at the WC (2002) that all 23 shirt numbers have scored at least once (this includes own goals)." 7:06PM GOAL! Trippier! Croatia 0 England 1 (Trippier 5) It's a glorious curling, dipping freekick, over the wall and just arcing beautifully into the goal. What a strike from Kieran Trippier! Kieran Trippier of England scores past Danijel Subasic of Croatia Credit: Getty Just a lovely strike. Goal: England ( 5 min ) Croatia waste no time in coming back at England. Rebic plays it into the Whites' box. 7:05PM Trippier lines it up... Credit: ITV 7:04PM 3 mins: Croatia 0 England 0 Modric, that notorious chopper, has brought down Alli on the edge of the box! 7:02PM 2 mins: Croatia 0 England 0 Pickford hits it long, looking for Young. Throw in. Henderson and Stones sandwich Mandzukic. Ref blows again. Have we got a fusspot ref on our hands? 7:00PM 1 mins: Croatia 0 England 0 England, all in white, kick off. But it is Croatia who are having first use of the ball after Henderson fouls Rakitic. Croatia play it around at the back. Lingard harasses a defender, and the ref just tells him to chill a bit. 7:00PM The teams Croatia: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rakitic, Brozovic, Rebic, Modric, Perisic, Mandzukic. Subs: Livakovic, Corluka, Kovacic, Kramaric, Jedvaj, Bradaric, Caleta-Car, Badelj, Pjaca, Pivaric, Lovre Kalinic. England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Alli, Henderson, Lingard, Young, Sterling, Kane. Subs: Butland, Rose, Dier, Vardy, Welbeck, Cahill, Jones, Delph, Rashford, Loftus-Cheek, Alexander-Arnold, Pope. Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey) England's players inspect, England's fans expect Credit: Reuters 6:59PM Croatia Croatia XI Credit: ITV 6:59PM England team England vs Croatia Credit: ITV 6:57PM Come on England! England belt out their anthem Credit: ITV 6:56PM Anthems: Croatia first Their lads belting it out. Wee Modric there. Croatia team anthem Credit: ITV Where does it rank? World Cup 2018 Anthems Ranked 6:54PM The teams walk out The White Stripes plays. Jack White builds a new yacht on his yacht. 6:54PM The final will be here as well by the way. But let's not get ahead of ourselves... 6:53PM The Duke of Cambridge has the final good luck message "Guys you have had an amazing tournament. Good luck tonight. It's coming home. Come on England!" The Duke of Cambridge wishes the team well Credit: ITV 6:52PM Lightning Seeds in Hyde Park Playing a certain hit. Scenes in Hyde Park "We are younger, fitter, quicker," says Gary Neville of England vs Croatia. 6:47PM Go'orn Harry! Ronaldo❌ Cheryshev❌ Harry Kane has been left with a clear run at the #WorldCup Golden Boot. Can he add to his tally tonight? #ENGCROhttps://t.co/YCEg2dBrbkpic.twitter.com/H6petqRueD— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) July 11, 2018 and also other Harry Thoughts with the @HarryHill sitcom gang, recording tonight at Pinewood. #mindsonthejob— Daniel Maier (@danielmaier) July 11, 2018 6:46PM It's true. It's also workplace bullying. But it's true. He’s done his hair and everything— kate (@pastyface43) July 11, 2018 6:42PM Gareth Southgate "Mood is no different. This is the next game. We have prepared in the same way ever time. "We have the same time but the options to change it from the bench. "They have some excellent attacking players and great spirit. We have to be mentally strong. "I will emphasise that we are in it. Trust ourselves. I think Bobby would tell me to enjoy it. This is a privilege to lead your team into this." Gareth Credit: ITV Has he been able to block out all the expectation - Ian Wright says that he's unable to function he' (Wright) is so excited. "Well, I can block Wrighty out!" jokes Gareth. 6:40PM Do follow the game on our Whatsapp if you fancy. World Cup whatsapp promo 6:38PM It's a Yes from me. Hopefully. Cowell offering his support Credit: ITV 6:33PM Seema J is a-roving Seema Jaswal Credit: ITV Current mood: It is coming home. What about where you are? Is it coming home? 6:31PM England play in (their first-choice) white Croatia are in their change black strip. 6:30PM Roy Keane "They seem like they are a team. In the past, the England teams, always seemed like there was cliques." Gary Neville: "England teams have tended to panic when behind, or sit back when in front. But this team have stuck to their approach" 6:28PM Let's hope we see more of this later Credit: ITV 6:24PM Fifa seem to think it's the 4-2-3-1 for CRO FORMATIONS // #CROENG ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/uMi7msByS9— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 11, 2018 England have got a real job on their hands with that midfield. That said, I think Lovren has got an error in him. Who knows if the right back is fully fit. It looks a very good team, on paper. Current biggest fear: the TV in the pub I’m watching in will be a second behind the TV in the pub next door.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) July 11, 2018 Oh boy I HATE that. 6:21PM Rumsby with the sock story Fifa socks it to #ENG hours before their biggest match for 28 years: https://t.co/sc7An7WY5N— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) July 11, 2018 6:20PM Here is how the England players got on last time out England vs Sweden, player ratings 6:19PM So true, this... The final will obviously be a bigger game, but this game feels like it carries more potential disappointment if we don't win it...— James (@jamesaknight) July 11, 2018 6:15PM Rio's in Touched Down in the Luzhniki Stadium... good memories here �� COME ON @england let’s get to the final... the Country Is Behind You ����������������❤️ #WorldCup#CROENGpic.twitter.com/waCOFWub4v— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) July 11, 2018 6:13PM Super Slav "It is a big night for us, it is a big night for you." Jacqui, Giggsy, Bilicy Credit: ITV Giggseh: "I am looking forward to seeing Manzukic coming up against Tripper and especially Walker. I don't think he has faced a top class centre forward yet, Walker." 6:10PM Sir Mick! Hanging around Saint Petersburg Credit: ITV 6:06PM Croatia side Croatia XI Credit: ITV They leave out Kramaric for Brosovic. Brosovic is a holding player. He could sit behind Modric and Rakitic, or he could partner Rakitic and allow Modric to play as a number ten. England vs Croatia - the definitive guide 6:03PM England expected formation England vs Croatia Credit: ITV 6:02PM The teams TEAM NEWS // #CROENG Here are the Starting XIs for tonight's semi-final...#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/28C4ZvnP8x— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 11, 2018 6:01PM John Barnes Doing the rap from World in Motion, spoken word stylee. John Barnes Credit: ITV 6:00PM Mark Pougatch "Good evening. This is a lovely surprise, isn't it?" 5:58PM One hour until kick-off And here's ITV's coverage from Moscow. World Cup 2018 stadium: Luzhniki Stadium 5:55PM Big news for Croatia: Vrsaljko is in Their talented right wing-back is fit to take his place. Croatia: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Strinic, Vida, Perisic, Lovren, Rakitic, Modric, Brozovic, Mandzukic, Rebic. 5:53PM England are unchanged This is the team aiming to send the #ThreeLions into our first #WorldCup final since 1966. Do us proud, lads. �� pic.twitter.com/z6ofHvJtem— England (@England) July 11, 2018 England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Lingard, Henderson, Sterling, Trippier, Young, Alli, Kane. 5:48PM Fans Croatia fans walk through a crowd of England supporters Credit: Reuters 5:45PM Is that a Napoleon hat? England fan at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. Credit: PA That's not a very good omen, is it? For a mission in Russia I mean. 5:42PM Telegraph football writer Luke Edwards had draped himself in a St George cross, he's covered in facepaint, he's literally certain that it is coming home. Do not be ashamed. Do not fight it. Do not be embarrassed. This is a day for being proud to be English 5:41PM What is a Croatia? Complete guide to #ENG's World Cup semi-final opponents #CROhttps://t.co/6N73YWMBCX— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) July 11, 2018 5:39PM In the capital? 22 best places to watch the England World Cup 2018 semi-final in London, from outdoor screens to sports bars No mention of my local. Oddly/happily. 5:36PM Here comes the boys The #ThreeLions are here! �� pic.twitter.com/qujx5wg5X0— England (@England) July 11, 2018 5:35PM Tactics boffin JJ Bull (who, it feels significant to point out, is not an English person) here looks at the hype, myth and reality of Raheem Sterling. What is it that he actually does for the England team? Raheem Sterling has been one of England's key players this World Cup. Quite a lot of people (on the internet) don't seem to think so and, as has become depressingly usual, many sections of the media haven't really helped. Off-the-pitch nonsense has meshed with missed scoring chances to form a narrative in which 'Sterling is rubbish'. In reality, Sterling has done a heap of work off the ball that allows others to benefit. Intelligent movement, quick running, pulling defenders all over the place - the team is much better with him in it. That said, there is no denying that he is not a natural finisher and despite the sweeping tides of both anti-Sterling and anti-anti-Sterling sentiment, we might do well to take a middle road. So, is Sterling bad or good? What does he actually do for England? 5:33PM Have you played our VAR game yet? Very cool. You get to watch football incidents and then work out if you could make the decisions based on Video Assistant Referee technology. 5:31PM CONTENT ADVISORY: Features people from Yorkshire being pleased with themselves Nevertheless, if you have the appetite for it, here is a piece about how Yorkshire is providing the engine room for the England football team. Yorkshire wins the World Cup... why does God's Own County produce so many sporting greats? 5:24PM Dressing room sneak peek I’ve had a sneaky peak in the #Eng dressing room. It’s all ready for you, Harry and the boys..... #Cro Live at 6pm on @ITV. pic.twitter.com/TRYFkGyq0w— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 11, 2018 5:23PM The great Jim White writes This is not the country I left behind four weeks ago - England has become a land giddily drunk with excitement 5:21PM Yes Clive! I hope Andy is watching this somewhere nice. "They are proud, enthusiastic, modest and they are in touch with reality" It's a huge night for @England and @CliveTyldesley is on the ��for us - we caught up with him at the Luzhniki to get his views on this special team We're on @ITV at 6pm this evening! pic.twitter.com/zCkXBUDXoW— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 11, 2018 5:20PM This here is the Croatian president Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic offering a Croatia national football team jersey to US President Donald Trump at the NATO headquarters in Brussels Credit: AFP/Getty If that doesn't make you want England to win then nothing will. 5:19PM This. Stop what you're doing and read this M'coll JJ Bull has done this tactical preview about the match: the key battlegrounds, the tactical shapes, the players to watch out for on the Croatia side. It is SO good. Have a read here, you will not be sorry. England vs Croatia - the definitive guide 5:11PM Gareth Southgate sings 'Three Lions' Is there nothing that he cannot do? Disclaimer: we had to give him a bit of a hand... 5:08PM If you have already bunked off work/college/school, then hats off to you. Hope you have a brilliant evening. Where are you watching? Here's how social media might have seen Italia 90 How social media would've reacted to #ENG's last #WorldCup semi-finalhttps://t.co/dCgTHh9tonpic.twitter.com/v8NKBpisUr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) July 11, 2018 5:05PM Semi-final success: it can be done! Say @FIFAWorldCup semi-final to any @England fan, and they'll talk about Italia '90, the penalty misses and Gazza's tears. It's worth remembering that we did actually win a semi-final, seeing off Portugal 2-1 at Wembley. Our President, @SirBobby, netted on both occasions. ✌ pic.twitter.com/kHgDwf4Ktz— Nat. Football Museum (@FootballMuseum) July 11, 2018 But the semi most of us remember, of course, was West Germany 1p England 1 in Italia 1990. I spent most of yesterday rewatching the BBC coverage of that. Read: An alarmingly deep dive into the TV coverage of England's last World Cup semi-final here. 4:41PM How are you feeling? Nervous? Excited? Already loudly singing "It's Coming Home"? England play Croatia in the World Cup semi-final at 7pm and, bizarre though it feels to type that, I have checked it thoroughly and the results are in: Gareth Southgate's team are one match away from the World Cup final. In the next couple of hours, I will bring you all the build up and the team news: we expect we know what the England team will be. Harry Kane, Harry Maguire, Jordan Henderson and company. Few more problems for the Croatian side to sort out, they are sweating on the fitness of their full-back Sime Vrsaljko. He's vital to their system and gives an injection of pace and attacking threat down the right. England's left wing-back Ashley Young, who has had a really good tournament in many ways (not least his vital set-pieces), can be got at defensively. That feels like an important fitness test, to me. In the centre of their midfield, Croatia have their two aces: Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic. They're both as good as anything in Russia: Modric with his darting raids, Rakitic with his vision and passing. England have their work cut out for them in the middle of the pitch. Where England are strong is at set plays, and with pacy runners coming from deep. Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli could unsettle the Croatians. There has been a lot of speculation as to whether Croatia will be fatigued from having to play two 120-mins + penalties. England have had one, when they finally broke their shootout hoodoo against Colombia, and then a relatively easy passage against Sweden in 90 minutes. I personally fancy England to win, but Croatia represent a step up from anything they have faced so far. Let me know what you reckon at the bottom of the blog, or do a tweet at me @alantyers, because we would love to hear how everyone else reckons this could go.