Croatia's Dejan Lovren: Nightmare vs

Croatia's Dejan Lovren: Nightmare vs

If England can find a way to subdue Croatia's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic they will take a large step towards the final.

If it goes that far, they should have the advantage even after England defied history to win their shootout with Colombia. Croatia cruised through their group without a loss but needed penalty kicks to defeat both Denmark and Russian Federation in back-to-back games in the knockout stage. "England have been deadly from set-plays and I think this could be their route to the final".

But Young, who turned 33 on Monday, says it would be futile to focus all their efforts on stopping Modric instead of focusing on the qualities that have brought England this far.

It has been more than 50 years of "hurt" for an England side chasing World Cup glory for the first time since 1966 and now they have never had a better chance to emulate the achievements of Sir Alf Ramsey's all-conquering team.

While not scoring against Sweden in the quarter-finals, Kane was instrumental up front and continues to be the Three Lions key player.

Recent Australian Bureau of Statistics data reveals about 4300 Croatian-born people live in Perth, compared with 166,695 English people.

One tour operator has rented a Boeing 777-300ER, the largest airplane to land in Croatia, to carry 457 fans to Moscow on Wednesday, Croatian state news agency HINA said.

It is the first time since 1998 that Croatia have reached this stage.

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It's going to be a hard task for all of us.

"This is an incredible result for a small country like Croatia".

Kane, who tops the Golden Boot standings in Russian Federation, had already scored and assisted as Spurs recorded a 4-1 victory in October.

Harry Kane has been England's focal point in the World Cup.

Should he strike on Wednesday against Croatia, Kane will join Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard as the only other two players to bag goals for England on each day of the week.

Croatia defender Dejan Lovren believes his jaded team are ready to seize the opportunity of a lifetime when they face England in the World Cup semi-finals in Moscow on Wednesday.

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