Croatia wary of 'young, alive, attacking' England ahead of semi-final showdown

Croatia wary of 'young, alive, attacking' England ahead of semi-final showdown

"We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game [against England]".

The game: "You have to be proud of the second half and extra-time".

But the spark seems to have gone in knockout stages and instead they have had to rely on more on resilience to get them through against less gifted opponents. "It will be a battle again, but I trust us and I have belief in us".

World Cup final: "For a country like Croatia, it's something historic to be in the final of a World Cup".

The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked team in the tournament at No. 70, were trying to make it to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the Soviet Union finished fourth at the 1966 tournament in England.

The Real Madrid midfielder, 32, has impressed in Russian Federation and is now just a victory over France away from lifting the biggest prize in world football.

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Neil Walker, spokesman for the Society of Independent Brewers, told the Standard: "Tonight is likely to be the busiest week night of the year for publicans thanks to the heroics of the England team".

Dalic's side now face England, who comfortably beat Sweden 2-0 earlier in the day, in their semifinal on Wednesday in Moscow.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said their extra-time victory was deserved and his players were not yet finished despite playing a lot of football in the past three rounds.

"We are four million people, four million coaches and four million players", Dalic said ahead of the match against an England side backed by a nation of roughly 66 million people. The favourites, the big teams are home.

His players' club list reads like a who's-who of European elite players, with Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic at Real Madrid, Ivan Rakitic at Spanish rivals Barcelona, forward Mario Mandzukic at Italian champions Juventus, and Dejan Lovren at Liverpool among others.

"It was wonderful because all the allies were cheering for all of us, mostly", she added, before giving her forecast: "This will be a successful summit and we will win on Sunday".

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