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11 July, 2018, 05:39 | Author: Hannah Francis
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England progressed to the last four of football's flagship tournament for the first time since 1990 with a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday while Croatia advanced by overcoming hosts Russian Federation on penalties.

"They've got players all around the squad that are going to be hard opponents".

England too left Italy 28 years ago feeling that the team featuring Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne could have gone all the way.

"I can't tell you our plan, but the players you've mentioned are fantastic players", said Henderson.

"We're going into a semi-final but it just seems like it's the next step on the journey", he said.

The Tottenham star will certainly be the focal point of England's attack once again and, after a quiet game in the quarter-final win over Sweden, will be determined to get back on track. "Hopefully we'll go out there and implement our plan". Not what's happened in the past.

"We keep looking to break the barriers down".

Neither team came to Russian Federation being heralded as favourites but they have produced performances throughout the competition which have shown they were underestimated by the pundits. "The higher the level of opponent, if you press in a disorganised fashion, then you will get picked through and we have got to be conscious of that". Both sides had differing quarter-final performances and are now just a game away from the biggest prize in World Football.

VideoUS singer Justin Timberlake came out in support of the England football team ahead of their World Cup semi-final by leading a chant of "It's coming home" at his concert at the O2 Arena in London on Monday.

Croatia, on the other hand, did not have easy wins this World Cup. They are unbeaten so far in the tournament.

Midfielder Luka Modric is Croatia's top scorer in the tournament with two goals.

With an average age of 26, England is one of the youngest teams at the World Cup.




England have scored eight out of their 11 goals so far from set pieces including penalties.

After overcoming Colombia in a penalty shootout, the first time England have ever done so in a World Cup.

The Three Lions last had the chance of reaching a World Cup final in 1990 but lost out on penalties to Germany and had to make do with the third-place play-off. Otherwise, England have no fitness issues going into the last-four. They had to go through extra time and penalties in both knockout matches against Denmark and Russian Federation but emerged successful in the end to reach the semifinals.

England and Croatia have met seven times previously, with the Three Lions winning four to the Blazers' two, and the fixture has nearly always delivered goals. Their first encounter, in 1996, ended in a goalless draw.

Modric started that match at Wembley and remains integral to Croatia's game 11 years later, the captain having been widely hailed as one of the best players at the finals in Russian Federation.

Operating in tandem with Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, Modric will be out to dominate central midfield and build a platform to allow him to link with his forwards, or embark on a foray or two of his own into the box. - Harry Kane has scored on six of the seven days of the week for England, with Wednesday the exception.

"We are really proud with the style of our play, the intelligence of our play and that we have performed under pressure".

England and Croatia have set up an unexpected semifinal clash. - Mario Mandzukic assisted Andrej Kramaric's goal against Russian Federation in the quarterfinal - he has been involved in four goals at the World Cup finals for Croatia (3 goals, 1 assist), with only Davor Suker involved in more (6).

"I've played against Modric a few times: he's a world-class player, one of the best I've played against".

Dejan Lovren talks up the talents of Harry Kane, but remains confident that he can stop the England striker from scoring against Croatia in Wednesday's semi-final.

The captain was the man of the match again in the penalty shootout win over Russian Federation in Sochi at the weekend.

The calmness in England's camp on and off the field is in stark contrast to Croatia's experience.

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