What England can not do is let this chance pass them by as while Croatia are a decent team, they are not world beaters and their presence in this semi-final presents Gareth Southgate and his players with an incredible chance to reach a World Cup final.
After that the title stayed in South America through friendlies, World Cup qualifiers and two Copa Americas and Peru eventually won it by beating Bolivia in a qualifier.
The Vatreni will be hoping to go further than their side from 1998, who lost to hosts and eventual winners France in the semi-final.
Even with all of the talent that Croatia and England have stocked in their respective national teams, their appearance in the World Cup semifinal is nothing short of astounding. We can feel the energy and feel support from home and it's a very special feeling, a privilege for us.
There are two types of football fans during this World Cup.
Kane is England's trump card, but he has been feeding off scraps in this tournament and has done so well to come up with six goals from a combination of penalties and scrappy finishes in the box.
He said he was convinced that win or lose on Wednesday, his team had a bright future after decades of English under-achievement on the worldwide stage.
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"They have a lot of quality, they play well, well organised and a physically strong, but we are also aware of our quality".
England threatened again off a set piece in the 14th minute, with Harry Maguire, scorer of a goal vs. Sweden, heading down off a corner kick but directing his chance wide of the mark.
It was a painful defeat for Belgium, foiled at the semi-final for the second time in their history, as the clock ticks on their so-called "golden generation" of players.
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"For me, I know I'm ready, and I can say the same for my teammates". We will look for the best solutions ahead the match, considering we have a few players with minor issues after the match against Russian Federation.
"This is maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".
Croatia needed penalty kicks to knock out host nation Russian Federation and did so in dramatic fashion. "Every match at this World Cup is such".
Buying a digital antenna can cost $30 or less, and when you hook one up to your TV in most of the country, you'll get totally free hi-def access to the local stations of broadcast networks - including Fox and Telemundo, as well as CBS, ABC, NBC, and PBS. "We´ll repeat that this Sunday", said one supporter, Sebastien, as the crowd chanted: "We´re in the final!"
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