What to expect from Croatia and England’s World Cup semifinal


"As a team we are not focusing on individuals which is the most important thing".

England have a clean bill of health for their World Cup semi-final against Croatia after all 23 players trained on Tuesday.

The Karrinyup father of two, who moved here from England 20 years ago, has watched every single World Cup game since 1982. As we regroup, he turns to me and says, "right that's enough, time to lift the tempo, let's get about them".

Can he take England into the final for the first time since 1966.

England are the holders of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U17 World Cup and Federation Internationale de Football Association U20 World Cup - and are just two wins away from making it a unique hat-trick.

Right back Sime Vrsaljko limped off during the quarterfinal win over host Russian Federation and goalkeeper Danijel Subasic had a hamstring injury during extra time but remained in the match.

Lovren has been a defensive rock for Croatia at this tournament, however, and with his partner Domagoj Vida will be confident of shackling Kane and preventing him from adding to his tally of six goals at the tournament. The more big games we're involved and the more they come out successful in, the more belief it will build.

England and Croatia have set up an unexpected semifinal clash.

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"Gareth's sideline style has meant our waistcoats are really scoring with our customers, with sales doubling since the World Cup began", said a spokeswoman for retailer Marks & Spencer.

England have scored eight out of their 11 goals so far from set pieces including penalties. They are a step away from a final showdown at a FIFA World Cup with the strongest contenders in Spain, Argentina and Portugal shown the door in the first stage of knockouts and defending champions Germany out in group stage itself.

England have already won a shootout in Russian Federation, against Colombia in the last 16.

Southgate had all 23 of his players available with Jordan Henderson seemingly overcoming tight hamstring and Jamie Vardy, who was feared to have played this last game in Russian Federation with a groin injury. In the last few seasons he's always scored more than 25 goals and he's one of the best strikers in the world.

Dier said: "He (Modric) is a great player, one of the best in the world, and whatever position or wherever he plays it doesn't make a difference to a player of that quality".

In the latest in a series of controversies, former worldwide Ognjen Vukojevic was kicked out of their delegation on Monday and fined by Federation Internationale de Football Association for posting a pro-Ukraine video clip following their penalty shootout victory over Russia on Saturday.

The calmness in England's camp on and off the field is in stark contrast to Croatia's experience.