"I think it would be huge if we win. We hope for a victory", Plenkovic, dressed in a football jersey, told reporters before leaving for Moscow.
"In the second half and in extra time we dominated, we should have finished the job before penalties, but maybe it's written in the stars that we have to go through the extra drama", he added.
Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic appeared to tweak his hamstring against Russian Federation, which kept him from taking goal kicks by the end of the match.
Croatia right-back Sime Vrsaljko will reportedly not make the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final against England on Wednesday on account of a knee injury. "We are a country of four million people", said the 22-year-old. Against Russia too, Modric came into his own more in the second session as Rakitic slipped into a deep-lying midfield role leaving Modric to go for adventure.
"They showed from the games I've seen so far that they play direct football and they are very fast". But he saved fantastically the first shot in the shootout.
"That is how highly I rate my former Tottenham team-mate Luka Modric".
"Obviously we work on them in attack and defense, and they are vitally important for us", said Ashley Young, one of England's set-piece specialists.
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The stakes go beyond the economy. "But we should not understate the view that some sectors could get something out of a U.S. The Trump administration engaged in a similar tit for tat last month with the European Union, Mexico and Canada.
England's loss in 1990 was turned into a documentary film and has become a fabled part of the country's "52 years of pain" since their 1966 World Cup triumph.
'We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game.
'We're giving our all.
Russia's Fyodor Kudryashov and team mates look dejected after the match.
The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who attended the game, called it "the best match in the history of the national team".
Barcelona signed him in 2014 and although he has won everything with his clubs - including three leagues, one Champions League title and a Europa League trophy - he is yet to lift a trophy with his national team.
Revisiting his predictions ahead of the upcoming England vs. Croatia semi-final in Moscow, Neville allowed himself a pat on his own back before he urged England supporters to get behind Gareth Southgate's team. "Maybe we can change something".