England and Croatia fans brace for big match

Credit: Reuters - Sports
Published on July 11, 2018 - Duration: 03:47s

England and Croatia fans brace for big match

Measured enthusiasm is the vibe near Moscow's Red Square as England and Croatia brace for their World Cup semi-final.

Advertisement

England and Croatia fans brace for big match

BROADCAST AND DIGITAL RESTRICTIONS~*Broadcasters: NONE.

Digital: NONE**~ VIDEO SHOWS: CROATIA AND ENGLAND FANS CHANTING AND SINGING, FANS POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS ON RED SQUARE WITH FLAGS, INTERVIEWS WITH FANS RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SCRIPT SHOWS: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (JULY 11, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

CROATIA FANS CHEERING 2.

ENGLAND FANS, SINGING "IT'S COMING HOME" 3.

ENGLAND FANS AT BAR 4.

VARIOUS OF CROATIA FANS POSING WITH FLAG 5.

ENGLAND FANS TALKING 6.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND FAN, CATHERINE RAINEY, SAYING: "After this weekend, we thought that why not?

Let's just do it.

So, I rang up work, said I need to take some time off, got a flight, got the tickets and we just flew out yesterday.

It's been really crazy actually.

I've been doing emails on the go, sort of working at the same time.

It's been crazy." REPORTER, ASKING: "So what's going to happen tonight?" "Well, we're going to win, obviously.

And then the rest is going to be history.

I think we're going to make history tonight." 7.

RAINEY AND OTHER ENGLAND FANS POSING WITH SCARVES AND FLAG 8.

VARIOUS OF ENGLAND FANS 9.

VARIOUS OF CROATIA FANS POSING IN FRONT OF ST.

BASIL'S CATHEDRAL ON RED SQUARE, ALONG WITH A MAN WITH AN ARGENTINE FLAG AND ARGENTINA SHIRT 10.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CROATIA FAN, MARINA BACA, SAYING: "It's really very exciting.

What we think of course we are pretty sure that we will win today.

It's not important how many goals we'll have, if we'll have penalties, but the most important thing is that we will win.

So we are very happy and excited and think we will go further on, in final." 11.

VARIOUS OF CROATIA FANS TALKING 12.

VARIOUS OF CROATIA FAN POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS WITH OTHER FANS 13.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CROATIA FAN, MIA RIDOKAVIC, SAYING: "I don't know, we have God's help, and we are really cheering for them and I hope they will win." 14.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CROATIA FAN, KLEMENT, SAYING: "When you play for this (HE TOUCHES HEART), you have money.

England has money, Croatia have hear.

Because of that we will win today." 15.

CROATIA AND ENGLAND FANS POSING IN FRONT OF ENGLAND FLAG 16.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND FAN, JOHN TRUEMAN, SAYING: "It's 50-50 (whether England will win).

Definitely 50-50.

And if we got through to the final against the French, I go 70-30 towards the French.

I'm a realist.

Yeah, definitely." 17.

ENGLAND FANS TAKING PHOTOGRAPH 18.

ENGLAND CREST 19.

FANS WALKING AWAY 20.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND FAN, CHARLIE CRANSTON, SAYING: "Well, I mean, like for me, I was thinking quarter-final, if you get the the quarter-finals, I think we've done quite well.

And now to get into the finals.

And obviously we're going to win today, and we'll still be here on Sunday." REPORTER, ASKING: "Obviously you're going to win?" "You've got to believe haven't you?

You've got to believe." 21.

ENGLAND FANS POSING WITH FLAG 22.

LION RAMPANT ON FLAG 23.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND FAN, RICHARD WHITEHOUSE, SAYING: "I think we're going to win, comfortably.

I think we'll score one in the first half, one in the second half.

So 2-0, 2-0 England.

And then I think we'll lose in the finals to France.

That's what my head's telling me.

My heart's saying we're going to beat them 1-0 in the last minute, Harry Kane header.

We'll see." 24.

ENGLAND FANS DRAPED IN FLAGS WALKING 25.

MAN WITH ENGLAND HAT POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPH 26.

VARIOUS OF CROATIAN FANS STORY: Measured enthusiasm was the vibe near Moscow's Red Square on Wednesday (July 11) as England and Croatia braced for their World Cup semi-final later that evening.

This is the first time the two sides have met at the World Cup, and it is a long time coming for both.

England last went to a semi-final in 1990 and Croatia fought France in the semis in 1998.

Both teams' fans predicted victory despite the surprise outcomes this tournament has produced.

"England has money, Croatia have heart.

Because of that we will win today," said Croatian fan Klement, who posed for photographs in front of Moscow's St.

Basil's Cathedral.

"I think we're going to win, comfortably.

I think we'll score one in the first half, one in the second half.

So 2-0, 2-0 England," said Richard Whitehouse from Birmingham.

"And then I think we'll lose in the finals to France.

That's what my head's telling me.

My heart's saying we're going to beat them 1-0 in the last minute, Harry Kane header.

We'll see." Croatia and England face off on Wednesday at 2100 local (1800GMT) at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

You might like