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World Cup Semi-Final: England V. Croatia, Winner Will Play France

Heartbreak for the England side in Moscow leads the Thursday papers as Gareth Southgate's men were beaten 2-1 by Croatia after extra time.

It is the first time since 1998 that the nation of just over four million people have reached this stage of the competition, after they eliminated Russian Federation in a penalty shoot-out at the weekend. They prevailed in penalty shootouts following 120 minutes against Denmark in the round of 16 and Russian Federation in the quarterfinals.

However, Liverpool centre back Lovren does not think that will be a factor.

"Everybody kept telling me, 'I'm ready".

"This is maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity".

Ivan Perisic said scoring to send Croatia into their first ever World Cup Final was a childhood dream come true.

- What's Croatia's problem with Luka Modric? "People should recognise that I am also one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense". If they lose, they at least can take pride in making it farther along in the tournament than their country has been for multiple decades.

"This is what drives us". And the last time it played in the final four was 20 years ago, in 1998.

In a sea of England jerseys, there was one lone Croatia shirt in the packed pub - two Croatian fans in total, who embraced in a hug after their momentous win. "Probably nobody would go to work!"

The Daily Mail reports the head of water regulator Ofwat said the days of people using tap water for gardening and washing the vehicle will one day come to an end.

'It's hard to say not being there but I feel like it brought the country together again'. "That 4-1 defeat is completely irrelevant", he said. Belgium seems like the safer play, with $100 on the more talented, fresher team netting you $130. "You are just nit-picking at my poor performances". "I have huge respect for France".

England had only ever played there once (a 2-1 defeat to Russian Federation back in 2007), and it seems like the curse / losing streak is destined to continue for the time being.

"Semi-finals, they've done what they had to do, they took us to the semi-finals". We are facing another daunting task but we are ready for it.

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