Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic says England game is 50/50

GETTYColumbia have launched a petition against their defeat by England

GETTYColumbia have launched a petition against their defeat by England

France, looking for their second World Cup triumph following their victory at home in 1998, will play a risky Belgium side in Tuesday's first semi-final.

In a concession to the World Cup mania that's sweeping England now that its national team has reached the semifinals for the first time in 28 years, Wimbledon is loosening its ban on the use of mobile phones in the stands. The national team's unexpected run to the quarterfinals sparked a surge of support from fans who had been mostly indifferent before the World Cup started.

The 33-year-old entered the match with a hamstring problem which was exacerbated during the final minute of normal time.

He said: "Where do I find strength?"

It means Croatia are now set for a semi-final showdown with England in Moscow on Wednesday night. If there is no victor after 120 minutes the tie is decided on penalties. We have two matches to play.

Dalic's Croatia advanced to the final four for the first time since 1998 after winning a penalty shootout 4-3 against hosts Russian Federation in Sochi on Saturday.

It was arguably France's most impressive display at the World Cup. They will head for Moscow little more than a day before the face Croatia, with Southgate trying to keep his players relaxed amidst their hectic schedule. The Three Lions opened up as 7/5 favourites to beat Croatia in normal time but those odds have shrunk to 11/8 after a patriotic plunge by punters. "They are still great guys for us, they are heroes", said Peskov.

The Atletico Madrid defender was substituted off in the seventh minute of extra time in Croatia's shootout win over hosts Russian Federation on Saturday, and Marca (h/t The Sun's Richard Forrester) reported he won't recover in time for their tussle with the Three Lions. It should be an entertaining game and if De Bruyne is given licence to roam again he could help send Belgium into their first ever World Cup final.

This was quickly followed up with a 3-1 win over Egypt and Cherchesov's' team punching their ticket for the Round of 16.

The concession will enable Wimbledon-going soccer fans to stream the remaining World Cup matches or check on their progress while watching matches, whether via headphones or silenced.

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