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"I said the same thing before the Colombia game - it's not me getting carried away".

They have underachieved in recent years despite boasting a side including Modric, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.

After Gareth Southgate's side booked a semi-final tie against Croatia, which will take place in Moscow on Wednesday, calls have grown for Wimbledon to adjust the start time for the men's final. "When you have such a solid foundation, you have the basics and clear understanding of what we want to do and achieve, it's not a surprise that it's going well for us". "When you've got all these other teams, France, Belgium, England, that's the top teams from the beginning and we are the underdogs".

He hopes England will be more suited to their style of play, but added that recovering from two extended games will be hard.

Al Jazeera's Rory Challands, reporting from the Russian capital Moscow after the team's loss to Croatia, said, "While the team went into this competition something of a national joke, no one was laughing at them now". "But hopefully we can do our jobs on Wednesday as a team and individuals and contain them".

"If we had England's money, who knows where we'd be in our country?"

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The players, who suffered a heartbreaking quarter-final defeat on Saturday, unfurled a huge banner reading "We are playing for you" in a tribute to their devoted fans and their passionate support during the tournament.

"In four years' time in Qatar we will be better", Cherchesov added, referring to the next World Cup tournament.

All in all, Croatia are a better-organized team in all departments as compared to England whose players' quest for individual brilliance will be their major undoing. It's a massive game and we're focusing on what we need to do. The Croats are licking their wounds after defeating Denmark and Russian Federation in successive shootouts.

Nearly 11 years ago, Croatia beat England in a Euro 2008 qualifier, one that saw England miss out on the continental tournament. They are confident and have a young team.

"I was concentrated throughout the match but after Rakitic's penalty, it came bursting out of me", he said. Hopefully, we can get the win.

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