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Croatia Are Through To The Semi-Finals After A Penalty Shootout

That victory over Steve McClaren's team is still talked about, for example, while the current squad only have to watch the great Davor Suker glad-handing his way round Russian Federation and talking to any journalist who wants his time in his capacity as president of the Croatia FA to be reminded of the team that reached the last four of the World Cup in France 20 years ago this month.

The Russians as hosts did not need to qualify for the World Cup and their ranking of 70 in the world was the lowest among all teams in Russia, even lower than worldwide football minnows Saudi Arabia.

"But we are looking forward to a different style of game against England because they like to play attacking football".

That said, let's talk about why England will be lifting the World Cup trophy on July 15 in Moscow.

Subasic's four shootout saves are tied with Harald Schumacher of West Germany and Sergio Goygochea of Argentina for the most in a single World Cup.

Incredibly, this fairytale run comes 20 years on from their memorable first World Cup campaign, when Davor Suker, Slaven Bilic and co. finished third at the 1998 tournament in France.

An unlikely semifinal at the start of the tournament, Croatia and England now both stand on the verge of the World Cup final after negotiating a favourable route to reach this stage of the competition.

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Despite having been forced to two penalty shootouts in succession, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic insists they'll be ready for their World Cup semifinal against England. Ivan Rakitic, of Barcelona, Modric's Real team-mate, Mateo Kovacic, and Inter Milan's Marcelo Brozovic would get in most teams in Europe, but if Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli can combine to disrupt Modric's rhythm - and it will have to be a team effort - England will have cause for optimism.

At this stage of the tournament, there are only four days between matches.

Russia's most-capped player, Sergei Ignashevich, has announced his retirement after the hosts were eliminated from the World Cup by Croatia. Against Denmark - who they also beat on penalties - Croatia were passive while against the hosts at the weekend they were only sporadically fluent.

England may have been swept up in the belief that "it's coming home" but in Croatia, they are going to face the toughest test of any side they have faced so far.

The match had ended 2-2 after extra-time after Mario Fernandes' late equalizer for Sbornaya. "This was my last match for the national team", news agency TASS quoted the 33-year-old as saying.

"We expect a very hard, tight and demanding match".

In a set of quarter-finals littered with exceptional managerial, individual and team performances, Belgium's win over Brazil was perhaps the standout. "You can see they have worked on them, and that's why they are scoring so much".

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