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Cary Erickson | 11 July, 2018, 20:46

He has won the Premier League Golden Boot in two of the last three seasons and is now leading the race for the World Cup Golden Boot with six.

However, it was only on the last strike - from Ivan Rakitic - that sealed the qualification for the Croatian team.

Messages have come in from all corners of the world as Croatia, a nation of just 4 million people, look to play in the World Cup final.

"It will be very hard, he is the top scorer and the best England player, alongside [Raheem] Sterling", Dalic told a news conference on Sunday.

Croatia will now face England on Wednesday in Moscow and after two long and tiring games they will surely start as heavy-legged underdogs.

"I think we are underdogs from day one and it's good for us, " Lovren said. That is a big difference. They are confident and have a young team.

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Ozil struggled in Russian Federation as Joachim Low's side failed to make it out of Group F. And he added: "The hurt has grown too strong".

"They are really good at set-pieces and their tall players are risky at corners. England have no real weakness".

There is relief in the Croatia camp after defender Domagoj Vida was warned by Federation Internationale de Football Association, avoiding a possible ban, for appearing to dedicate their win against Russia to Ukraine in an online video.

"We watched England and we saw how strong they are", Modric said in the post match press conference after his sides quarter-final victory.

Redknapp says Gareth Southgate was correct to field a weakened team in the final group game against Belgium - who lost their semi-final to France on Tuesday - which resulted in England finishing as runners-up.

"I've met quite a few of those players and we know exactly how they're held and perhaps, in the modern era, that would be even crazier". But it would be a shame to be in Russian Federation for a couple of weeks and not get a chance to come to Moscow so we intend to stay there for the very last game.

"This is something we have been dreaming about". Now that the home team is finally out, will its fans - who have filled most of the seats throughout the tournament - pick a favorite from the semifinalists, or go back to treating soccer with a shrug?