Croatia hopes it has finally found a team to better 1998 squad

Croatia hopes it has finally found a team to better 1998 squad

They have experience, bags of talent and there is no questioning their fighting spirit yet there is something still strangely lacking in the Croatia team which has reached the World Cup semi-finals for the second time in their history.

After a dramatic win on penalties against Russia, Croatia will play England on Wednesday in front of 80,000 people in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium for a place in the World Cup final.

The quarterfinals provided two days of mostly excellent soccer this past weekend - highlighted by comfortable and confident wins by France and England, and a breakthrough win for Belgium's Golden Generation - leaving promise of more to come. They also helped Fox hit new ratings highs for its coverage of this year's World Cup.

However, the 32-year-old for now is only bothered about winning the World Cup rather than caring about individual awards. I don't cry often but now I have a good cause: Croatia are in the semi-finals.

"It's amusing because at first I didn't think I did look like him, but with all the people approaching me about it they can't all be wrong!"

The biggest question mark now surrounds the fitness of a team who have gone the full distance in their last two matches and had several players struggling with injuries against Russian Federation.

Wayne Rooney says there is a "real buzz" around the England team and hopes it can carry them to the World Cup final.




Southgate said it vindicated his decision to play a weakened team in the final group game against Belgium. 'It is a different way of playing to Liverpool but I had this feeling from the beginning that we could achieve a lot.

Vida, who scored in extra time before his side's win on penalties, shouted "Glory to Ukraine" in Ukrainian.

He added that he would have retired as professional footballer earlier if not for the World Cup and now plans to become a coach.

The two sides have not played each other since September 2009, but there does seem to be a pattern throughout the seven matches they have played.

"We feel proud to make the fans proud because that's what we wanted to do when we set out", Kane said.

"I've been there going out to the pubs to watch England back in the day and it's surreal to see everyone doing that".

Fernandes, who was born in Brazil but rejected a chance to play for that country's national team in 2011, sent his penalty kick wide of the net in the shootout, giving Croatia the advantage.

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