Croatia were underrated too long: Dalic

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Although Russia made it further at this year's World Cup than most anyone expected, it was Croatia that advanced to the semifinals with a 4-3 shootout victory Saturday following a 2-2 draw.

The Los Blancos star and his Croatia side stand in the way of England and their hopes of reaching their first World Cup final since 1966.

Modric has played 485 of a possible 510 minutes in Russian Federation but coach Zlatko Dalic said "all players had a long season" and promised that "there is power left for England".

Led by Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Croatia were considered among the dark horses before the tournament in Russian Federation. "I have responsibility for the team".

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"He deserves all the accolades he gets from the media and public".

"Health has to be number one, but to play for the Croatian team, to play in the World Cup semi-final, I do not need to even say that I will be giving it 300% to be fit".

Appleton believes Maguire will be key to England's fortunes again against Croatia, in both penalty boxes. The offence carries a penalty of up to five years in jail.

Martinez said the loss to France really hurt them, disclosing that the team's dressing room after the match was a sad atmosphere.

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The win over Mexico in the second round cemented them as tournament favourites and it looked like they were just getting into the swing of things, only to be chopped down by Belgium.

The Croats were to suffer a similar late reverse when eventual champions Portugal defeated them in extra-time of the Euro 2016 Last 16 clash. "It's the support of those around you and the people that were there for you in hard times as well as when things were going well". "We have been 49 days together", Deschamps said. Those players on the pitch must be perfectly fit.

But if Modric can rouse himself to control another match against England, they have every chance.

"We've been always returning to the 1998 team, putting a new burden on Modric and his team".

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