What do we know about England's World Cup semi-final opponents Croatia?

Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saves the decisive penalty during a penalty shoot out after extra time during the round of 16 match between Croatia

Talk of winning the World Cup and outdoing the famed 1998 generation dominated the pre-match build-up of Saturday's quarter-final against Russian Federation as confidence oozed through the Croatia camp.

Sterling was a key part of the Manchester City side that won the Premier League last season but he has been less effective in England's charge to the last four for the first time since 1990.

"It wasn't a attractive game, but it was a battle", Dalic said.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Dalic said: "We can not choose our opponents, hosts or otherwise".

"Obviously we work on them in attack and defense, and they are vitally important for us", said Ashley Young, one of England's set-piece specialists.

The players, who suffered a heartbreaking quarter-final defeat on Saturday, unfurled a huge banner reading "We are playing for you" in a tribute to their devoted fans and their passionate support during the tournament.

The national team captain had missed a penalty towards the end of extra-time in Sunday's last-16 encounter against Denmark, prompting a shootout for a place in the quarter-finals and threatening to derail Croatia's burgeoning bid for the title.

"This was my last World Cup, my last tournament and the last match of my soccer career".

There's no way they couldn't be after ousting Denmark on penalties in the round of 16, then being forced to extra time again by host Russian Federation on Saturday night. "We have succeeded I believe, but it is time to take a step forward".

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'I've known Luka for a number of years, not only with the national team.

NAIJ.com previously reported that Croatia progressed into Russian Federation 2018 semifinals after beating Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties.

"We were undermanned in midfield", said Dalic.

Up front, Mario Mandzukic was leaden and static and a strike rate of one goal apiece in five games for him, Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic and Eintracht Frankfurt's Ante Rebic is disappointing.

Artem Dzyuba had a volley blocked by Dejan Lovren as Russian Federation looked to make an early mark on the game, and an Ante Rebic header and Rakitic free-kick looped over the bar at the other end. We wanted to show our Swiss neighbours how powerful a football nation we are.

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.

Henry did everything he could to help Belgium bring down France, but ultimately the team with more goals than any in the tournament was unable to score in the semifinals.

"Of course there is some power left for the English - we will not stop, we will try to play our best game then", he said.

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