Modric reveals Croatia biggest concern ahead of England clash

Croatia players celebrate winning the penalty shoot out during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Russia and Croatia

"We watched the game today and saw how good they are from dead-ball situations", captain Luka Modric said.

It is the 2006 World Cup and we are playing Spain in the round of 16, a knockout match.

England will face Croatia in the semi-final of the World Cup at 7pm, Wednesday 11 July. "The higher the level of opponent, if you press in a disorganised fashion, then you will get picked through and we have got to be conscious of that", he said.

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.

England's remarkable set-play success is the fruit of extra preparation on the training ground with attacking coach Allan Russell, who has travelled with Southgate to the United States to study strategies from the National Basketball Association and NFL.

"We are just going to stick with what we have been doing all the way through".

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Despite a comfortable run through their group, Croatia has had a tougher ride in the knockout rounds, needing extra time and penalties to eliminate both Denmark in the round of 16 and then hosts Russian Federation in the last four.

Henderson, if again selected as England's sole holding midfielder, will need to be at his disruptive best to prevent the Croatians developing a stranglehold in the middle of the pitch, while also watching out for those surging runs forward.

But he is certainly well aware of the threat that Croatia pose in the centre of the field.

The Three Lions captain leads the scoring charts in Russian Federation with six goals from just four matches, and is bet365's 10/3 (4.33) favourite to break the deadlock at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Gareth Southgate's side's potency from set-pieces was certainly on the minds of Croatia after they were forced into penalties by Russian Federation.

Monaco goalkeeper Subasic saved three penalties in Croatia's shootout win over Denmark in the round of 16, and another in the quarter-finals as the Vatreni dramatically ousted hosts Russian Federation on penalties.

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