Croatia Lands in Moscow Ahead of World Cup Showdown with England

"We keep hearing the same question and we give out the same answer", said Croatia's Ivan Perisic last week.

Modric has scored twice in Russian Federation, including a fabulous goal in the 3-0 win over Argentina in the group stage, and twice netted in nail-biting penalty shootouts against Denmark and Russian Federation.

"I've known Luka for a number of years, not only with the national team. We were together during the magnificent story at Leicester and I will remember that always", said Kramaric. "We encourage everyone to enjoy the World Cup, but want to remind people to be considerate and tolerant of others". He has worked very hard to get to this point.

A few Russian journalists gathered behind the locked door, trying to record what was being uttered as the Croatians revelled in reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup at the expense of the hosts.

But having seen Croatia hold off Argentina superstar Lionel Messi and Denmark talisman Eriksen, conceding once in those two games, Dalic is optimistic they can do the same against Kane. You can't underestimate how draining that is, trust me.

But this is a player whose reputation took a battering at home before the tournament due to his implication in the multi-million-euro corruption trial of former Dinamo Zagreb chief Zdravko Mamic.

However, Subasic remained on the field and was the hero for Croatia in the penalty shootout as he saved from Fyodor Smolov.

Furthermore, uproar over a politically charged video defender Domagoj Vida and assistant coach Ognjen Vukojevic recorded following the quarterfinal win over Russian Federation prompted the latter's firing just two days before Croatia's semifinal clash with England.

"We took a hard route".

Croatia are not thought to have any injury concerns for the match, with all players available for Monday's training session, which attracted a huge media scrum including more than two dozen camera teams. In my career, whenever I picked up silverware, I expected to win I and I sense the same mindset with England right now.

Fellow-forward Andrej Kramaric, who had a brief stint at surprise 2016 Premier League champions Leicester and is now at Germany's Hoffenheim, said he had a lot of respect for England but also hoped Croatia could make the final as the smallest-ever nation. Gareth Southgate sets the tone very well with the team and in interviews - they don't get too high when it's going well or too low when it isn't.