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CROATIA is going nuts about their team's appearance in the World Cup semi-finals - but one group of fans had particular reason to celebrate during their penalty shootout win over Russian Federation.

England manager Gareth Southgate and a player will later attend the pre-match press conference ahead of the World Cup semi-final at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow from 1530BST.

Nevertheless Rowe, a devoted England fan who has spent around £50,000 (US$ $66,500) to follow England over the past two decades, will wear his £65 Marks and Spencer waistcoat again on Wednesday.

"We weren't aware of everything going on in the country as we were kept in a bubble", said Hurst, who added that none of the other teams still in Russian Federation should frighten England.

"I don't think we have succeeded yet - success is hard to define but in my eyes and I think in everyone else's eyes back at the (team) hotel I think this isn't a success yet", Dier told reporters today after the team's training session.

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"Again, because we have good players available to come in". "It really is. That's the only word I can describe it because we're all a family".

As the hysteria back home following Saturday's quarter-final win proves, so are the rest of us - and long may it continue, well, for at least another week.

"If we get through this and do well at the next tournament, we'll be talking about them as world class". We have completed it. Slap a waistcoat on him, and it's not a million miles away from the man who has led England with such distinction in Russian Federation, and who stands on the brink of something truly historic.

"If we get to the final or if we don't get to the final then we're one day short, you know it has been an absolute pleasure of an experience to share not just with the players but the staff, even the media staff and you guys as well".

Before we went there, we were off to the army base at Catterick for a boot camp - something Palace did before the start of every season.

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