Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018: Finally, England and Croatia have to banish semifinal blues

Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018: Finally, England and Croatia have to banish semifinal blues

"They're very unsafe on set-pieces".

"Subasic knows getting past England will be no easy feat, though, as Gareth Southgate's Three Lions prepare for their first World Cup semi-final since 1990".

The pair will battle again on Wednesday, and Alli has told The Guardian that he hopes to embarrass Modric again with another nutmeg on the global stage this time - but his focus will be on attempting to help England reach the World Cup final.

While many outsiders view that unexpected Croatian run to the last four as a great success, inside the country many share the view of the team's then manager Miroslav Blazevic that it was a missed opportunity.

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"We don't really care about who we play or who are the favourites".

"We are not putting more pressure on ourselves with what happened in 1998", said midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

"We are just going to stick with what we have been doing all the way through". "They have players like Harry Maguire, Harry Kane, John Stones and others, who are very strong".

Croatia topped their World Cup group in Russian Federation with three wins out of three games, scoring seven goals and conceding just one.

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England have scored eight out of their 11 goals so far from set pieces including penalties.

The Spurs ace scored his first goal of the competition on Saturday afternoon as he headed home Jesse Lingard's cross to seal a 2-0 win against Sweden, and fans will be hoping that it sparks improved performances after a disappointing tournament to date.

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

"We experienced the extra time and penalties (against Colombia) and we know the physical and emotional effect of that", he said.

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But they face their sternest test yet in the semi-finals when they come up against Croatia.

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