Croatia identify England danger man for semi-final

"We've got to concentrate on ourselves and that is what we will be doing going into the game".

Croatia's shoot-out victory over Russian Federation was their second straight win on penalties at the World Cup, after they beat Denmark in the same fashion in their last-16 tie.

Winks went toe to toe with Modric in the Champions League for Tottenham twice as they took on the mighty Real Madrid, drawing one game and winning 3-1 at Wembley.

Croatia could be without two of their first-choice rearguard ahead of their World Cup semi-final against England.

A few Russian journalists gathered behind the locked door, trying to record what was being uttered as the Croatians revelled in reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup at the expense of the hosts. "We were together during the magnificent story at Leicester and I will remember that always", said Kramaric. He has worked very hard to get to this point. "England has changed over recent years and I'll say it's a more hungry team than before and you could see it in their quarter-final against Colombia and today [England beat Sweden 2-0 earlier on Saturday]".

Croatia have needed penalties to get through the last two rounds against Denmark and hosts Russian Federation whereas England swept Sweden aside.

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On the memes and celebrations: "I think a lot of the guys, like me, they've switched off to it". I speak to a couple of the lads in the squad and they seem calm and composed.

The biggest question mark now surrounds the fitness of a team who have gone the full distance in their last two matches and had several players struggling with injuries against Russian Federation.

Enjoy this moment, let the lads go out there and play without pressure. I remember Italia 90 and it was just insane, so enjoy this semi-final and have fun. It's been 28 years since we were last here, if you can't get carried away now, when can you?

Our semi-finals will run today and tomorrow. It will probably come down to whichever defence plays best.

If the game gets stretched either team has the talent to destroy the other. There is an abundance of attacking talent on show - insane pace in Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku; guile in Kevin de Bruyne and Antoine Griezmann.

"I don't want to jinx it as we're not there, but I'd love it to happen".

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