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Magnificent England will have too much for jaded Croatians

10 July 2018

A few Russian journalists gathered behind the locked door, trying to record what was being uttered as the Croatians revelled in reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup at the expense of the hosts.

With the exception of the first half of their round of 16 clash with Japan, Belgium have been dominant in each of their five games in Russian Federation so far and will look to take the game to a highly touted French outfit.

The 32-year-old has been outstanding in his team's run to a semi-final against England in Moscow on Wednesday, picking up the man-of-the-match award in three of Croatia's five matches.

"Sterling might actually come good at the best time, in the semi-final or final".

Dalic has identified FIFA World Cup 2018 top-scorer Kane and Raheem Sterling as threats in a team.

The team landed in Moscow just after 3:30 pm CET on Sunday after a memorable night in Sochi beating the hosts Russian Federation.

While France have their own plethora of attacking superstars, it will be defensive midfielder N'Golo Kante who holds the key to victory for Les Bleus. Winning teams are consistent teams in terms of lineups and I don't think the boys will have been tested too much physically by Sweden.

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Young set up England's first goal in the 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden with a driven corner from the left wing that was headed in by Harry Maguire. It has also been 52 years since England have become the world champions. "They've gone to two extra-times, and if you have to go to extra-time against Russian Federation".

Going past the Croatian dressing room, on the way to the mixed zone here at the Fischt Stadium on Saturday night, one could hear them celebrating inside.

"They have the likes of Luka Modric in the team - he's a fantastic player - but they have other players around the squad that are going to be hard opponents".

"But if they play three up top, it's not wise". I could see this turning into a bit of a frantic match, as both teams are playing the biggest match of their generation and nerves could play a part in all of that.

Can England's midfield compete with Croatia's quality?

"Dejan Lovren knows him and plays very well paired with Domagoj Vida so I am not concerned about stopping English players - we stopped Messi and Eriksen, and we'll try to do the same with Kane".

Magnificent England will have too much for jaded Croatians