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

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

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

Dalic must rouse his players after the physical demands of their two knock-out wins. We could have been eliminated against Denmark [in the round-of-16 tie they won on penalties]. "We made ourselves happy, but also everyone back in Croatia happy - I don't cry often, but now I had good cause", the coach told reporters. Before they didn't have any pressure.

In one of the most intense matches seen in this World Cup, Croatia edged past a gritty Russian Federation side on the last kick of the penalty shoot-out to make it to the tournament's semi-finals, for the first time since 1998.

Redknapp feels there is "every chance" of football coming home.

Corluka was part of the Croatia side who defeated England 3-2 at Wembley in 2007, a result that ensured their rivals did not qualify for the 2008 European Championship.

"If you're asking me a question in a one-off final can we do it?" We have to enjoy the moment, then tomorrow we prepare for England, we have one day less for preparation.

"In the second half and in extra time we dominated, we should have finished the job before penalties, but maybe it's written in the stars that we have to go through the extra drama", he added.

"Now it's probably the last World Cup for a lot of us", Corluka said. Nobody expected this to be honest.

"This is a dream come true for us".

Croatia often looked reluctant to attack and Modric's words after the game hinted at a lack of adventure that will surely cost them sooner or later. That is something special in our country.

They have underachieved in recent years despite boasting a side including Modric, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.

He replied: "We are not".

Redknapp says Gareth Southgate was correct to field a weakened team in the final group game against Belgium - who lost their semi-final to France on Tuesday - which resulted in England finishing as runners-up.