Dier wary of 'world class' Rakitic and Modric

Dier wary of 'world class' Rakitic and Modric

That form for club has been carried on for his country at the World Cup in Russian Federation, where Modric has been one of the players of the tournament and guided his side to a first semi-final since 1998. All three of their contests went to extra time - and two of them went to penalties.

"We might have the chance for the revenge in the finals with the French", Plenkovic said.

"We were the better team in all aspects of the game", said Dalic. "But he said we should have our eyes open and make the next steps". France did its part Tuesday by beating Belgium, a more experienced side loaded with talent, and five minutes into Wednesday's match against Croatia, England was following the same script.

When they face England, both sides will already know whether France or Belgium have reached the final.

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

Croatia, meanwhile, is the second-smallest nation to ever compete in a World Cup final.

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The semi-final also represents a financial mismatch between the riches of England's Premier League and Croatian football. However, Corluka feels England's willingness to attack should allow Croatia more room to express themselves.

After finishing second to Argentina in Group H following victories over Jamaica and Japan, World Cup debutants Croatia claimed some impressive scalps on their way to the semi-finals.

The British Beer and Pub Association said 30 million extra pints have been sold during all of England's World Cup matches thus far. Winning the Europa League was big for Atletico, we were so lucky, but playing for the national team, for your country, is totally different. "I'm very happy for my players, we showed character and the right mentality, it was very hard for us tonight".

"It's football but, thank God, in the end, we're in the semi-final".

Ahead of their all-important Round of 16 tie against former champions Spain, Putin had not only wished the team well but also came up with words of reassurance, telling them that team would not be judged, regardless of the outcome of the match.

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is really fast and his combination with Harry Kane is really risky". The game will take place at 10:00 AM ET at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.

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