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Bloodwise is asking fans to wear a waistcoat today to show support for the national football team as they take on Croatia in the semi-final of the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation, and donate £5 to the charity.

Several hundred fans from Slavonski Brod watched the shootout on big screens in the grounds of Brod Fortress on a bar tab provided by hometown hero - and the team's star striker - Mario Mandzukic. "We've taken it game by game and will continue to do that", the 28-year-old Liverpool captain said.

"This generation has been underrated for a long time because of their poor results, but they have shown their quality when it mattered at this World Cup, and it will go down as a golden generation like that of 1998".

England plays Croatia in the semi-finals July 11, and whatever the result, there's a good chance Three Lions will be the soundtrack for England fans.

Lovren recovered from his poor run of form to play a crucial part in the Reds reaching the Champions League final and claiming a fourth-place finish in the top flight.

Football fever has certainly gripped Oldham and its pub-goers, who are all gearing up excitedly for tonight's England World Cup semi-final clash against Croatia in Russian Federation.

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

The 2018 side are guaranteed to join that pantheon whatever the result of Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia in Moscow, though, and Southgate said there were some similarities.

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

Mark told the Chronicle: "It's a big game for the boys tonight, and hopefully they'll do the business".

"They have to play like I did, for the crowd, for the fans", he said.

Thousands of supporters in Russian Federation and millions at home will watch nervously as the team face Croatia for the right to play in Sunday's final - and potentially end 52 years without a major trophy.

"We are concentrating on what's going on now".

Just three words seemed to be on the lips of England fans who have travelled to Russian Federation for the Three Lions' clash with Croatia. "It is OK to cry when you win, then you have achieved something".

However, through my crash course in the other* football, I keep finding more and more striking parallels in the trajectory of each team and their supporters.

"We are going to stand there and say, "any tickets, we need a ticket", and if that doesn't work, we'll go to the ground".

  • Julie Sanders