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England players celebrate scoring a goal. Image PA

England players celebrate scoring a goal. Image PA

A lot of people have this idea that because of how we lost our semi-final in 1990, the result in Samara was an emotional release for me, but it's not just that.

A lack of pace at the back against England, one of the quickest teams at the tournament, would be a big problem.

The semi-final also represents a financial mismatch between the riches of England's Premier League and Croatian football.

But this time around, the Didier Deschamps tutored squad looks fired up to go for broke as they seek to emulate the class of France '98 squad of which Deschamps was the World Cup winning captain.

We have never been favourites for a World Cup.

On the other hand, Belgium had a much more rigorous match up against the five-time powerhouse, Brazil.

On his part, Coach Roberto Martinez will seek to use the "Golden Generation" of Belgium talents under his tutelage to grab one of the final slot for the grand finale at the Luzhniki in Moscow.

Two of France, Belgium, Croatia and England will compete in Sunday's 2018 FIFA World Cup final, after they booked their places in the semi-finals.

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation has reached the semi-final stage, with France set to face Belgium, and Croatia taking on England.

Yet it is England's creative, dynamic and intelligent midfield that will need to be on the top of its game against Croatia.

How they got there Croatia after winning Group D with a 100 per cent record have had to grit their way through the knockout stages with penalty shoot-out wins over Denmark and hosts Russian Federation.

It was arguably France's most impressive display at the World Cup.

England trio Harry Kane, Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire are looking to guide their side to only their second World Cup final.

Just four teams remain, all of them from Europe: Belgium, France, Croatia, and England.

"They showed from the games I've seen so far that they play direct football and they are very fast".

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