The 32: World Cup fans say England v Croatia 'too close to call'

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England fans on ‘The 32’ said their clash with Croatia is ‘too close to call’ as the nation prepares for the World Cup semi final.Yahoo’s World Cup show previewed the second semi final as Gareth Southgate’s side look to create history in Russia.

For England, victory would take them into their first World Cup Final since their one victory in 1966.

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Croatia reached the semi finals in 1998, and will be hoping to go one better in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

 England and Croatia fans Faye and Luca have their say on the World Cup semi final. (Yahoo/PA)
England and Croatia fans Faye and Luca have their say on the World Cup semi final. (Yahoo/PA)
Former England international Sue Smith was special guest on The 32. (Yahoo)
Former England international Sue Smith was special guest on The 32. (Yahoo)

England’s opponents won their two knockout games on penalties, but Croatia fan on The 32, Luca, believes they’ll still have the energy to go again.

He said: ‘We went through two games on penalties and showed so much mental strength.

‘We came through because we have so much experience in big games – Modric and Rakitic have both played in Champions’ League Finals so they have the big games in their legs and hopefully that’ll get us through.’

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England fan Faye, meanwhile, is desperate for the Three Lions to reach the final having defied expectations.

Gareth Southgate and Jordan Henderson take in the surroundings of the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow ahead of the semi final. (Getty)
Gareth Southgate and Jordan Henderson take in the surroundings of the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow ahead of the semi final. (Getty)
England v Croatia preview
England v Croatia preview

She also singled out manager Gareth Southgate for transforming the side into World Cup contenders.

She said: ‘I was happy for England to just get to the last 16, but now we’ve come this far we’ve got to go all the way.

‘He’s got the team winning and why change something if it isn’t broken?

‘The press have laid off him, but he’s his own man and I’ve said that from day one.

‘He’s doing an incredible job – the players are at ease and they’re mixing with the media and having fun.’

Man to be feared: Croatia’s Luca Modric is their captain and talisman. (PA)
Man to be feared: Croatia’s Luca Modric is their captain and talisman. (PA)

Her sentiments were echoed by guest Sue Smith, who believes Raheem Sterling could still have a role to play in the tournament.

The former England international told Yahoo: ‘People who don’t watch football as much don’t appreciate the contribution he’s making to the team.

‘You would hate to defend against him because he’s constantly on the move and pressing you, so I think he’ll cause problems.’

Watch the full episode of The 32 HERE

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