Croatia looking to famous Wembley win to inspire another victory over England

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England are through to the last four of the World Cup for the first time since 1990, when they lost to Germany on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Turin.

Luka Modric said England "seem they are more like a team now" and coach Zlatko Dalic has pinpointed Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling as the dangermen, despite insisting Croatia "don't fear England or anybody else".

In 1998, Croatia, which had emerged from a bitter independence war only three years earlier, made its debut at a World Cup finals.

The semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday and pit Belgium against France on one side of the bracket and England versus Croatia on the other side, with the winners squaring off on Sunday.

The last time these two sides met in a competitive fixture was close to a decade ago, with England thrashing their opponents 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier back in 2009.

England take on Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium at 1900BST on Wednesday, hoping to get the win that would see them return to the same venue to face either France or Belgium in the final. "But I'm sure one of us will find a way to surprise him".

Coming off a 2018 World Cup that is absent any Team USA and hence down from the American participating 2014 tournament, yesterday's 10:45 AM PT starting Croatia v. Russian Federation game also provided a nice lift for Fox. "He congratulated us on a very good game".

Fernandes's header was the 66th set-piece goal scored at the 2018 World Cup out of 157 in total.

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Several major firms - including France's Total and Peugeot, and Russia's Lukoil - have said they are preparing to leave. He added, however, that Europe had only made pledges so far.

"I really don't want another penalty shoot-out, it's so stressful".

Croatia often looked reluctant to attack and Modric's words after the game hinted at a lack of adventure that will surely cost them sooner or later.

England's remarkable set-play success is the fruit of extra preparation on the training ground with attacking coach Allan Russell, who has travelled with Southgate to the United States to study strategies from the National Basketball Association and NFL.

Adding a little more to the stats trivia package, the Croatian win yesterday was the highest MM result for any event on Fox or Fox Sports since the 5.1 that the Daytona 500 raced to on February 18.

"I was concentrated throughout the match but after Rakitic's penalty, it came bursting out of me".

"Putin called me during the day, and he called me right now", Cherchesov said.

"We know where we are, we know we're not the finished article and I don't think we have loads of world class players".

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