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England trio Harry Kane Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire are looking to guide their side to only their second World Cup final. Getty Images

The Atletico player went down in the first period of extra-time in the quarter-final match against Russian Federation before his side managed to beat the hosts in a penalty shootout. They are in the better half of the draw and we have a proper team, full of quality, full of experience.

Saturday's 2-0 victory over Sweden took manager Gareth Southgate's team into a World Cup semi-final for the first time in 28 years, raising the prospect of England possibly winning the tournament for the first time since 1966. By no means are they assured a spot, as world No. 7 France, who oddsmakers are favouring, stand in their way.

As the FIFA World Cup draws, soccer fanatics across the globe are showing for support for their nation (and second or third favourites) ahead of the final knock-out games, and before Sunday's climax. Les Bleus also reached the final in 2006 but they were beaten 5-3 on penalties by Italy. That's the detail you get in the semifinal of the World Cup.

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The coach, however, will have to wait and see if defender Sime Vrsaljko, who played in four of their five games, will be fit for the match after picking up a knee injury. Step off them and they will dictate the game.

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The two sides are evenly matched, so it's a hard one to call, but the Red Devils were perhaps a little fortunate to only concede one goal against Brazil, who spurned several promising opportunities and were controversially denied a penalty. They were the only team still in it not to have beaten countries from both the right and left on the way to the Quarter Finals.

However, those fears have not materialized as the World Cup has been free of the mass violence and racism predicted by many in the United Kingdom press.

"We're disappointed, we wanted to get into the final, we need to put this behind us and look forward to the next game. We played at club level as well", said striker Mario Mandzukic, who played with Modric at Dinamo Zagreb a decade ago. Southgate deserves a lot of plaudits for the team's performances.

I expect the teams to be evenly matched, giving viewers an exciting semi-final. But before they didn't have any pressure.

The biggest question mark now surrounds the fitness of a team who have gone the full distance in their last two matches and had several players struggling with injuries against Russian Federation.

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