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England last competed in the final four of the World Cup in 1990 when losing on penalties to West Germany.

England, meanwhile, are yet to beat any of the so-called bigger teams in the tournament and yet find themselves in the semifinals - such is the unpredictable nature in which the World Cup has unfolded.

Going all the way to an obviously dramatic 3-4 penalty shootout with the 2018 tournament hosts, Ivan Rakitic, Domagoj Vida and the rest of the Croatian national team put the brakes on Vladimir Putin and Russia's eventual aim of a World Cup final perch.

Croatia players were less vocal on social media after narrowly progressing to their first semi-final appearance since 1994, but it can not be denied that the players are not motivated for Wednesday evening.

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Despite Goldman's forecast that England will make the final, it is actually only the third favorite to win, behind Belgium's semifinal opponent France, which has a 29.8% chance of overall victory. "But Croatia can also cause England problems they haven't had before". I missed the first half of the quarter-final while we were training, but I got in for the second half.

The teams meet in Moscow to compete for a place in the 15 July final after Dalic's side overcame hosts Russian Federation on Saturday.

"We've seen he's doing really well", the Juventus striker told a media conference. "He congratulated us on a very good game".

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Ivan Rakitic, so often a key man for Barcelona, was not almost as influential as at club level, while in defence, Russia's Mario Fernandes beat more highly rated defenders to head home a late equaliser. "It will be a battle again but I trust us, I have belief in us", Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said.

There is little prospect that they would have come this far without Modric, who as a boy was forced to flee his village home after his grandfather was killed by Serb forces in the Croatian independence war. "That in future we talk about them", said Blazevic, now 83, and known in Croatia as the "coach of all coaches".

But as in the previous match against Denmark - which Croatia also won on penalties after an insipid 1-1 draw - all too often his team mates failed to do anything with them.

"I could talk about it for days, but I hope to talk about Croatia and this World Cup for years".

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