The Croatians become the smallest nation to contest the World Cup final since Uruguay, who won the tournament in 1950 when the nation had a population of around 2.4 million. "We like to play against teams like this because we have really fast players and it will be a really open game, not like today or the game against Denmark".
On both ends of the field, Sime Vrsaljko got the job done.
The Three Lions had a tough fixture against Colombia to see out - won on penalties after a 1-1 draw - but it opened the door for a run to the semis thanks to a meet-up with Sweden, which England won 2-0 without too much fuss.
"I couldn't imagine that I would finish my football career on such a high note!" From the first second I put together this team, I knew where it was heading.
Spartak Moscow winger Alexander Samedov also confirmed he is retiring from worldwide football after Russia's defeat. "But now we are collecting those debts in this World Cup".
"I believe that people did not only start trusting us but they are in love with us". Neither side could find another breakthrough - Modric missing a penalty deep into extra-time - as the match went to spot-kicks. Last year, he made a 20,000 euros donation to firefighters in Dalmatia so that they received new equipment to help them tackle wildfires that spread in and around Split.
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Eleven years on, Corluka feels the current England side's style could suit Croatia again, saying: "Yes, because it's a game we all want to win".
"Here at the pub we've got free food on for all the punters, and £2 per pint offers for during the game".
"They played their best, it obviously wasn't to be".
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"We shouldn't be surprised Croatia is in the last four", said Dalic.
"But we can only go so far". There has been a lot of speculation as to whether Croatia will be tired from having to play two 120-mins + penalties.
Neville predicted semi-final meetings between Croatia and England slated for Wednesday, July 11, and Tuesday night's crunchy tie between France and Belgium. Everyone has been out on the streets celebrating what we've achieved and that is a great source of pride for us.
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