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Croatia after they beat Russia on penalties during their quarter final match

Croatia after they beat Russia on penalties during their quarter final match

Gareth Southgate believes the success his young England side have enjoyed in Russian Federation has offered only a first glimpse of their potential, as the least experienced team at the tournament seek to go beyond Croatia and into a first World Cup final in 52 years.

Despite Kane transferring his form from the Premier League into the World Cup, with six goals to his name in Russia, Croatia's centre-back believes that he has the ability to win their latest tussle.

Thousands of supporters in Russian Federation and millions at home will watch nervously as the team face Croatia for the right to play in Sunday's final - and potentially end 52 years without a major trophy.

Given Croatia had extra time and penalties to recover from, England should come into the game fresher and they also have the edge in previous meetings, winning four of the seven encounters, including a 5-1 victory in their most recent match - a World Cup qualifier in 2009.

Gareth Southgate's side heads to Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday for its first semifinal at soccer's biggest tournament since 1990, and only the second since lifting the trophy in 1966, having beaten Sweden 2-0 in the quarterfinals.

The calmness in England's camp on and off the field is in stark contrast to Croatia's experience. - Eight of England's 11 goals at the 2018 World Cup have been scored via set pieces - since 1966, the only team to equal that number in a single World Cup tournament are Portugal in 1966 (also eight goals).

"Obviously we know we are playing in the World Cup, in the semi-final". This team is nowhere near the level they're going to be capable of, partly due to their age but also because they'll have more big-match experiences over the next few years.

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Southgate was in the squad the last time England reached the semi-finals of a major tournament; Euro '96. Their first encounter, in 1996, ended in a goalless draw.

Operating in tandem with Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, Modric will be out to dominate central midfield and build a platform to allow him to link with his forwards, or embark on a foray or two of his own into the box.

"'Football's coming home' is a song I couldn't even listen to for 20 years, frankly, so for me it has a slightly different feel", Southgate said Tuesday on the eve of England's World Cup semifinal match against Croatia. Although his goals weren't needed against Sweden, that's unlikely to be the case against Croatia. They had to go through extra time and penalties in both knockout matches against Denmark and Russian Federation but emerged successful in the end to reach the semifinals.

However, Kane's partner in attack, Raheem Sterling, has pace to burn and England's totem will be on hand to benefit if that causes problems for the Croatians.

Croatia's main striker Mandžukić is a strong player and he's 6 foot 3 inches tall! "He can help to create game he is incredible without the ball".

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson is one of just five players remaining from the England squad that crashed out of the group stage four years ago in Brazil.

Henderson said of England's semi-final opponents: "They have got some fantastic players".

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