World Cup Final on Betfair: Croatia reach final as England throw it away
Croatia have reached their first ever major tournament final after beating England in tonight's World Cup semi-final. Mike Norman updates the latest soccer tips betting
France will face Croatia in this year's World Cup final on Sunday evening after Zlatko Dalić's men came through a tightly-contested semi-final encounter with England on Wednesday night.
England boss Gareth Southgate - on the day that was dubbed Waistcoat Wednesday in his honour back home - named an unchanged side to face Croatia, while Zlatko Dalić surprisingly made just one change from the side that beat Russia on penalties in the quarter-final, bringing in midfield Marcelo Brozović for striker Andrej Kramarić.
Dream start for England
England started the soccer vip tip win on the front foot but they couldn't have dreamed for a better start than the one Kieran Trippier gave them inside five minutes.
Jesse Lingard brilliantly found Dele Alli on the edge of the box, and when the Spurs man was fouled it presented a perfect opportunity for either Trippier or Ashley Young to take an early pot at goal. The nod went to Trippier, and with his first touch of the semi-final he superbly curled the ball home into the top corner.
Trippier was scoring his first ever goal for England, and he also rewarded those who had backed him at a high of 75.00 in the First Goalscorer market.
Few scares in dominant first half performance
The Three Lions fully deserved their first half lead and the only disappointing aspect was that they didn't go into the interval further ahead.
Harry Kane squandered a clear-cut opportunity to double England's lead approaching half-time before Lingard wasted another great opportunity from the edge of the box.