Jaded Croatia look to master Modric to carry them through against England

Croatia are a unsafe side who do not possess a prolific striker like Harry Kane, instead they have two of the most skilful midfielders at the World Cup.

"It was my first time outside Croatia and everything was really new", said Kramaric, who played just twice during the Foxes' title-winning campaign.

Vrsaljko's absence will come as a big boost for England manager Gareth Southgate and takes one of Croatia's most experienced defenders out of contention.

John Stones says he has no intention of letting the opportunity to play in England's first World Cup final in 52 years pass him by.

Going all the way to an obviously dramatic 3-4 penalty shootout with the 2018 tournament hosts, Ivan Rakitic, Domagoj Vida and the rest of the Croatian national team put the brakes on Vladimir Putin and Russia's eventual aim of a World Cup final perch. The Three Lions opened up as 7/5 favourites to beat Croatia in normal time but those odds have shrunk to 11/8 after a patriotic plunge by punters.

Belgium has never been to the final of a World Cup, but that's exactly what they look poised to do as the highest-ranked team (No. 3 in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings) left in the tournament.

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England defender Kyle Walker heaps praise on captain Harry Kane, describing his former Tottenham Hotspur teammate as a "goal machine".

Vedran Corluka Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Ivica Olic, who is an assistant coach in Russian Federation, were all part of that win in London 11 years ago.

It's been the comedic undertone to a World Cup run bathed in belief by England fans around the world, but 2018 could indeed be the year football comes home. This side will want to etch themselves into the history books by beating Croatia. "It will be a battle again but I trust us, I have belief in us", Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said. Against Sweden, the difference in quality was obvious.

Despite his off-field troubles, Modric been an admirable leader for his team on the field, allowing them to match the great side of 1998 that reached the last four in France.

"But if they play three up top, it's not wise". Even when they do not, there is Jordan Pickford to make incredible saves. 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.

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