Modric reveals Croatia biggest concern ahead of England clash

Modric reveals Croatia biggest concern ahead of England clash

"This makes us extremely proud that after 20 years we've reached the semis of the World Cup", the 32-year-old Modric added. Max Liu runs through the betting.

Following the dramatic penalty shootout win, sealed by Ivan Rakitic's decisive spot-kick, Croatia were in jubilant mood as they caught the team coach back from the Fisht Olympic Stadium.

It set the tone as Croatia became the first team since Argentina in 1990 to win consecutive World Cup games on penalties.

If England do go all the way, then some punters will have extra reasons to celebrate.

If all goes according to plan, it'll be some Sunday night where they are. France and England are the two other teams that have qualified for the semi-finals with solid victories.

Speaking on the eve of Croatia's meeting with England, Dalic said: "We are a country where anything is possible, so there are no surprises". Or will Croatia put an end to the choruses of Football's Coming Home ringing out around the country? - the author of the article wonders.

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When they face England, both sides will already know whether France or Belgium have reached the final.

In one of the most-anticipated matches of the tournament so far, host nation Russian Federation crashed out of the world cup after losing to Croatia in the penalty shootout. "Everyone was nervous, but when they got a second goal, everyone took so much confidence, everyone was up in the air, the club was full, there was a great atmostphere". They took photographs of themselves with the crowd and unfurled a banner saying "we play for you". "Thank you for your support, I'm happy to see so many people here".

"I agree Croatia has several more experienced players", Mandzukic said. Everyone wants to finish the job and we are excited to try and do that.

"In my personal opinion, I think this is the best he's played for the Croatian national team".

"I think we are underdogs from day one and it's good for us, " Lovren said. "That will help us, but the chances are 50-50, I believe, because everybody deserves to be at the semifinal".

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