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These are the semi-final matchups at the FIFA World Cup (SCHEDULE)

These are the semi-final matchups at the FIFA World Cup (SCHEDULE)

Croatia's run to the World Cup semi-finals may be a surprise to some, but coach Zlatko Dalic said his players had always been among the best in the world and are ready to go down in history as another golden generation when they face England on Wednesday.

"He is one of the best strikers in the world now but I like to challenge these strikers and to show everyone that I am one of the best defenders".

Sterling was a key part of the Manchester City side that won the Premier League last season but he has been less effective in England's charge to the last four for the first time since 1990.

There we have it, Croatia will face England on Wednesday (July 11) for the semi-final stage of the tournament.

"Any team in a World Cup semi-final is going to find the energy and going to find the motivation". We want those who are 100 percent match fit.

"Congrats to my lads but also to Russian Federation who fought well", Dalic - whose Croatia also survived penalties in the last 16 - said during his post-game news conference.

Their one defeat came against Belgium in their final group game, in a match between two essentially reserve sides.




Kane has scored six times for England at this year's World Cup, and will be looking to fire his team into the final of the competition when the Three Lions take on Croatia.

"Croatia has great players playing at the greatest clubs, but it is true we have not had good results at major tournament for decades", the coach said on Tuesday. "His team-mates play at top clubs, it's going to be a hard task but if we're ready to give our all on the pitch like against Argentina, if we're compact, I don't believe there will be problems".

Now they are looking to go one step further, but just getting this far is a source of great pride for Croatia.

The World Cup hosts bowed out in the quarter-finals after losing 4-3 on penalties to Croatia, following a thrilling 120 minutes of football in which the scores finished level at 2-2.

"But we are looking forward to a different style of game against England because they like to play attacking football".

However, a bigger issue for coach Zlatko Dalic will be how to get more decisive performances from his top players. So we won't win the game just because Croatia had half an hour more football than us three days ago.

"We are four million people, four million coaches and four million players".


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