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Five years later, the team achieved its greatest result, third at France 1998, and they are now back in the World Cup's semi-finals and hoping for more. The favourites, the big teams are home.

Belgium's team players take part in a training session of Belgium's national football team at the Guchkovo Stadium in Dedovsk, outside Moscow, on July 8, 2018, ahead of their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final football match against France.

With a team featuring Davor Suker, Zvonimir Boban and Robert Prosinecki wearing blues shirts with a distinctive red and white chequerboard pattern, they beat World Cup giants Germany 3-0 in the quarterfinals in France, sparking delirium at home.

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, left, dropped more than $A5,000 on the bar tab.

Nicknamed "the Fiery Ones", that team has stood as an example to their successors ever since.

The path to the final, to history in fact, could not have been easier-no, England cannot be considered a strong side-and this is Croatia's best chance, if they make use of the incredible talent they have in midfield. As we regroup, he turns to me and says, "Right that's enough, time to lift the tempo, let's get about them".

The Slavic country has been one of the better performers at this World Cup, even though it may not have come with much entertainment. "Why didn't you ask me about when I played well against him?"

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Gareth Southgate's men have ripped up the script over a remarkable a month that now sees them preparing for a semi-final clash against Croatia.

They may have lost 4-3 to Croatia on penalties after 2-2 draw in regular and extra time in the quarter-finals at to exit the tournament on Saturday, but for many reasons, Russian players and fans have exited the tournament with their heads held high.

The worrying thought about what we will do with ourselves once it is over can wait, because two well-matched semi-finals await.

The country of about four million people has been gripped by football fever with squares packed with red-and-white painted fans, stalls selling football jerseys and flares, drivers blaring their horns and people hugging and singing - scenes reminiscent of 1998.

"But everyone is happy with what we have", he said, adding that he would still watch remaining games, supporting Belgium.

Croatia may be best suited to counter-attacking and relying on the brilliance of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic against England, according to former global Filip Tapalovic.

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