France final special for Croatia's Perisic

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

England have progressed to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years, but Croatia defender Dejan Lovren - who plays his club football in England - says he is not paying attention to the World Cup fever that has swept the country.

The game will feature plenty of talented attackers and has the potential to be one of the most exciting games of the competition.

"It's an incredible feeling but we already lost the final two years ago and that's why we feel [the need] to keep our feet on the floor", Lloris said. "We were all happy, all hugging", Mbappe said. It has been 28 years since England was in a semi and 20 years for Croatia.

A select few shows seem to be safe from the soccer mania.

The crowd in Hyde Park went berserk as England scored, and those watching on the huge screen were drenched in beer as plastic cups flew through the air amid wild celebrations.

Sh (asterisk) t-Faced Shakespeare, which stages a Shakespeare play with a different member of the cast drunk each night, is anxious that a quiet audience might mean a bad show. I felt something odd in my knee and after talking with the doctor on the sideline we decided I should come off.

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For Joe, 62, it was his first live England match. France lost the game even though they had a better team in terms of representation in elite clubs. "I wanted to make substitutions but nobody would come off".

Indeed that World Cup victory was a revolution for the France national team, which finally announced the arrival of France as a footballing powerhouse.

The French have relied on the attacking brilliance of 19-year-old forward Kylian Mbappé while Croatia have depended on Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic to spearhead their attack. "In England, we can't have nice things".

"It's brought everyone together at a time when they needed it", said teacher Louise Smith, 34, as she celebrated the game in Hyde Park with friends.

Steve Bugeja, also performing that night at Top Secret, has other concerns.

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time - which has already played host to headliners in Roger Waters and The Cure - announced they would be screening the match to 30,000 lucky England fans who registered for a ballot.

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