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Kristopher Love | 09 July, 2018, 11:47

This will be the first time that England will reach the last four of the World Cup tournament since 1990 when the reached this stages last.

Gareth Southgate has imbued a confidence within his young players that will lead them to believe that anything is possible. But before they didn't have any pressure. Croatia finished in third place at the 1998 World Cup for its best finish in history.

That caution is disappointing but if there is a silver lining for Dalic, it is that his team once again showed the mental strength to win on penalties - a not inconsiderable feat in front of a partisan 44,000 crowd in Sochi. He spent five years in the Premier League.

"Of course there's power left for the English", Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said. If they go behind against England, is there another gear to do the same against England?

Federation Internationale de Football Association has warned Croatia defender Domagoj Vida about his conduct after he made pro-Ukraine comments after Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal victory over hosts Russia.

'This is something we have been dreaming about, ' nodded Corluka. "Their generation are more than heroes for us", added Rakitic. It was, perhaps, the toughest test that any of the semi-finalists faced in the last round (though Belgium would have plenty to say about that), and they powered through it. That is something special for us. "We don't want to stop". Saturday's game was emotionally and physically sapping.

Prediction France have improved after a slow start in the group stages where they made hard work of Australia and Peru. Croatia went on to win the match in a penalty shootout. If De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois all play as well as they did on Friday night then they will take some stopping.

"It's a pride for all Croats to have a player like Luka, but I do not like to see him in Madrid", he said. Pulling in a 4.1/12 in metered market ratings, the almost three decades in the desiring move to the semi-finals for England rose 11% from what the Argentina v. Belgium game got in 2014. "When you've got all these other teams, France, Belgium, England, that's the top teams from the beginning and we are the underdogs". And it's a semi-final. "We were lucky. I was concentrating throughout the match, but after that penalty it came bursting out of me". We will find what is necessary'. The defending champions at the time defeated Yugoslavia in the quarterfinals and Italy in the semifinals that year, which also made Italy the last host nation to lose on penalties before Saturday.

"Of course there is some power left for England", Dalic said at the post-match press conference.

Starting right back Sime Vrsaljko had to be replaced during extra time with an apparent leg injury, though fellow defender Dejan Lovren was optimistic Sunday that Vrsaljko would be able to play with the semifinal looming on Wednesday.

'We will not defend, we will attack.

In Moscow, the area behind Red Square was the unofficial beating heart of this World Cup. All four countries now are hoping to win it and everyone has equal chances.

The full World Cup 2018 fixture schedule is included below, with timings, venues and TV channels included. Croatia can build a game, can play on a counter, crossing, and can score even outside of the box.

The Juventus striker is an enigmatic figure.