Croatia look to Modric to carry them through against England

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Belgium and France face off in mouth-watering semi-final

"I think, the current generation of Croatian players has been underestimated".

"The feeling among fans is that they unfairly judged the Russian team before the tournament started and now they feel sorry for judging the team too early", Sorokin said as he gave journalists a report on the tournament in Moscow on June 29.

Despite having talents such as Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic to call upon, Croatia's results had not been particularly impressive for several years.

"Croatia is a better team, but it would not be the first time the host, who before the championship was an outsider, go as far as, let's say, South Korea in 2002", says The Washington Post.

After such tight matches, it is easy to forget that Croatia produced a feast of attacking play to destroy Lionel Messi's Argentina 3-0 in the group phase. Since this is his last World Cup, given his age, I'm very glad he's among the last four at the World Cup, but all the other players are putting in that effort.

To that point, we had been allowing Spain to play their game, passing the ball like we all know they love...

"Those emotions are what drive us, that is our petrol and how we have come back to a semi-final after 20 years".

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The Russians as hosts did not need to qualify for the World Cup and their ranking of 70 in the world was the lowest among all teams in Russia, even lower than worldwide football minnows Saudi Arabia.

Henderson takes "a lot of good things from the past in terms of 66 and what they achieved then" but is not getting ahead of himself given the threat posed by Croatia.

Croatia secured its place in the semi-finals after a dramatic win over Russian Federation, which lost 4-3 due to penalties. The Croats stand in England's way of winning the trophy after 52 years, but this game is as much Croatia's to lose. We want those who are 100 percent match fit.

Croatia's Liverpool center-back Dejan Lovren said he and his teammates needed no extra motivation to perform at their best on Wednesday. Those players on the pitch must be perfectly fit.

"We have nice memories from France, our players did a great job".

This World Cup has been one of surprises.

"Holding the ball up, tirelessly stretching defenses into submission and making intelligent runs either onto throughballs or to open up space for Croatia's craftsmen are all caveats to Mandzukic's game. But we will be, because there's a great spirit in this side".

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