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Fellow fan Alex Klein, 28, added: "If we win, if we beat Croatia I'll, I'll probably cry, because to see England in a World Cup final is, is like a dream, a lifelong dream".

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said: "England's performances under the astute management and leadership of Gareth Southgate in this World Cup have been absolutely sensational and instilled enormous excitement and pride in people of all ages across the country and of course here in Leeds". In doing so, France handed Belgium their first loss of the tournament, and denied the Belgians their first ever trip to the World Cup final.

France then beat Argentina and Uruguay en route to the semi-finals. Now, thanks to the foundations set by my former coach Georges Leekens who worked with Marc Wilmots as national team coaches, they are a very attacking team.

Gareth Southgate believes his England team winning the World Cup might be greeted with even greater fanfare than Sir Alf Ramsey's heroes enjoyed when they lifted the trophy in 1966.

England boss Gareth Southgate has admitted he could not listen to Three Lions for 20 years after his penalty shoot-out miss in the Euro '96 semi-final.

"It will be a battle again but I trust us, I have belief in us", Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said.

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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.

Croatia are not thought to have any injury concerns for the match, with all players available for Monday's training session, which attracted a huge media scrum including more than two dozen camera teams.

"When you go to a club overseas and play against one from your own country, you are part of the enemy", the France manager told the press.

"Croatia may have more experienced players but also young ones", their Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic told a news conference close to the Luzhniki Stadium match venue.

Its 44 forces across England and Wales recorded 387 incidents and made more than 70 arrests over the weekend for mostly alcohol-related disorder. England to win and Under 2.5 goals is a 3/1 chance and might be the way to bet.

England's progress in Russian Federation has revived the Three Lions anthem - which includes the line "football's coming home".

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