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Cary Erickson | 11 July, 2018, 23:02

They could not see off their opponents in reregulation time.

Mamic was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison and left Croatia for Bosnia-Herzegovina before the verdict was reached on June 6. We will both want to have possession.

In the World Cup semi-final match on Wednesday, Croatia will play against England.

England have for long desired to be at this stage.

Keeping true to the style, the current team is built around two of the world's best midfielders, Rakitic and Modric.

"They have been playing at an extremely high level for their clubs".

The third place finishers from the 1998 World Cup have needed penalty shoot-out wins to bypass both Denmark and Russian Federation in the knock-out phase.

The Three Lions have scored eight times from set-pieces in Russian Federation already, the most at a World Cup since Portugal in 1966.

England have received a boost ahead of the World Cup semi final against Croatia, with Sime Vrsaljko ruled out of the game. "It is after all the semi-final of the World Cup".

It promises to be an epic battle when Croatian experience takes on English youth.

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England's 2-0 victory on Saturday over Sweden has got the country dreaming that "football is coming home" after 52 years of disappointments at major tournaments.

The absence of Vrsaljko could now leave Croatia's right-hand side vulnerable, with Ashley Young, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard more than capable of exposing a weakened back line. "But I'm sure one of us will find a way to surprise him".

"We saw how good they are from dead balls so will have to focus more on defending set-pieces because we conceded from a set-piece today, so have to improve that element of our game". Eight of their 11 goals have come from free-kicks, corners or penalties.

"We have already accomplished something but this team can do more", he said.

"We are having success because everybody is working so hard, everybody is working hard on the field. They have worked in our favour and we hope to continue doing that".

"Even those who didn't believe in them started believing, in the end". It's the expectation of: can we beat Colombia? Yes. Croatia are a different breed though and England will need Jordan Henderson to put on a shift in midfield to stop the threat posed by their star duo of Modric and Rakitic.

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is really fast and his combination with Harry Kane is really unsafe".

Eleven years later the Barcelona midfielder is one step closer to the World Cup final and some hours away from the most important game of his career.

"We trusted ourselves. We could only prove our worth by working hard", said Cherchesov.

"We are concentrating on what's going on now".