Justin Timberlake will show England-Croatia game at London arena before concert

Justin Timberlake will show England-Croatia game at London arena before concert

Gareth Southgate will keep the faith with his first-choice XI for tonight's crucial World Cup semi-final against Croatia.

The number of signatories to the petition, on the United Kingdom government and Parliament website, means it will be considered for debate in the House of Commons.

One matchup England will look to exploit involves Dejan Lovren, as he will have to go up against Harry Kane, who is now in line to win the Golden Boot at this summer's World Cup.

However, the fact that the process of debating a petition and then turning it into law is a lengthy one means the likeliest way for a bank holiday to take place is if Prime Minister Theresa May declares one.

Should he strike on Wednesday against Croatia, Kane will join Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard as the only other two players to bag goals for England on each day of the week.

Before the World Cup started Germany were hoping to become the first team to defend the title since Brazil did it in both 1958 and 1962, it's fair to say it didn't go too well with Joachim Low's side not even getting through the Group Stage.

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France coach Didier Deschamps said he was delighted to have the chance to bury the pain of the Euro 2016 final, which his side lost on home soil to Portugal.

But Southgate thinks talk of that handing a physical advantage to England is being overplayed.

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England game today is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. ET.

"We have waited for several years for this with Croatia. It is a game that is very evenly matched, we know what we want to do and we have to focus on our preparation and make sure that we control the controllables as we have attempted to do for every game", the manager said.

France players celebrate Samuel Umtiti's goal.

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The Three Lions have made the final four at the World Cup for the first time since 1990 and are now bidding to reach their first final since they lifted the trophy in 1966.

France impressively contained Belgium in a disciplined performance that was decided by another setpiece goal - a feature of this World Cup - as Barcelona defender Umtiti outjumped the defence to glance the ball past ´keeper Thibaut Courtois.

Zlatko Dalic's team are one of the most cohesive units of any team in the tournament.

The names of Sir Alf Ramsey and his players - still the only 11 Englishmen to play in a World Cup final - will be recalled forever and their stories told whenever the nation's landmark moments in sport are revisited. A 1998 update changed the third verse to "no more years of hurt". "We´ll repeat that this Sunday", said one supporter, Sebastien, as the crowd chanted: "We´re in the final!"

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