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Croatia after they beat Russia on penalties during their quarter final match

England needed penalties to beat Colombia in the Round of 16, but eased into the last four with a trouble-free 2-0 victory over Sweden.

This will be England's first meeting with Croatia at a major tournament since the Euro 2004 group stage, when the Three Lions triumphed 4-2.

For all of the hype around England, they have yet to come up against one of the really big guns at the World Cup.

Dalic refused to confirm whether right-back Sime Vrsaljko would miss the game after the Atletico Madrid player came off in extra-time against Russian Federation. Still, the Croatians have shown resilience, especially keeper Danijel Subasic, coming out on top despite an nearly comical list of setbacks that would have done in most teams.

Meanwhile, social media has been awash with support for the England team with several videos of celebrations following the win over Sweden going viral. "We can't concentrate too much on them, we have to concentrate on ourselves and that's exactly what we will be doing going into the game".

Fatigue could be an issue for Croatia as the game wears on, given they have gone to extra time and penalties in both knockout games in Russian Federation, although they also won both shootouts.

Lovren, whose nation are into the semi-finals for the first time since 1998, said Croatia could play with freedom. We are so focused on the games that you forget what we have done so far. "Like one heart, one soul".

But if England want to truly nullify the threat that Mandzukic, who is looking to add to his one goal so far, brings then they may give Harry Maguire a man-marking job to keep the Juventus forward quiet.




"This is an incredible result for a small country like Croatia".

Before their arrival in Russia, England had not won a knockout game since the 2006 World Cup.

Football is apparently coming home but it will be taking a wrong turn once again if England lose to Croatia.

Henderson is expected to recover from a muscle complaint in time to start, and that could be crucial for England.

Southgate had all 23 of his players available with Jordan Henderson seemingly overcoming tight hamstring and Jamie Vardy, who was feared to have played this last game in Russian Federation with a groin injury. - England has scored 11 goals at this year's World Cup, tying its record from the victorious 1966 tournament. Skipper Harry Kane is at the top of the race for Golden Boot with six goals. Should he score, he will become just the third player to score on all seven days of the week for England, after Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard.

The contribution of Raheem Sterling remains a polarising debate in England with the Manchester City forward without a goal for his country since October, 2015 but Southgate says his contribution in Russian Federation has been essential.

"We shouldn't be surprised that Croatia are in the last four at a World Cup given the quality of players", said Dalic, who only took over as coach of the "Vatreni" towards the end of their qualifying campaign.

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