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"This was not a handsome game, it was a fight, a battle for the semi-final", added Dalic, who broke down in tears after Croatia confirmed a first World Cup semi-final appearance since 1998.

Croatia will square off with England in the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday night.

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.

That came through a Denis Cheryshev first-half curler from outside the box, his fourth goal of the tournament and one of the finest at this World Cup.

If England's semi-final with Croatia goes to penalties, going second might be the best bet for skipper Harry Kane.

Get Ready for a swashbuckling final week of the 2018 FIFA World Cup as we now only have 4 teams, the 4 best teams of the tournament left with a chance to lift the trophy on Sunday.

Giles Hurley, CEO for the Uk and Ireland, said: "Everybody is getting behind the England team out in Russian Federation, including our customers and colleagues".

Davor Suker, the president of the Croatian Football Federation, said he was planning a big seafood dinner for all the players, management and staff to ensure they are as relaxed as possible. Ignashevich, 38, is in fact quitting the game for good, acknowledging it was a hard decision to take but was quoted as saying that "I could have hardly imagined to end my career with such a highlight".

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The Croats hadn't advanced to the semifinals at the World Cup since 1998, when the country made its first appearance.

The match had ended 2-2 after extra-time after Mario Fernandes' late equalizer for Sbornaya. "That in future we talk about them", said Blazevic, now 83, and known in Croatia as the "coach of all coaches".

Despite defeat, the home fans broke into heartfelt applause as they cheered their beaten side long and loud after the final whistle in recognition of their achievements against the odds.

"To inspire kids watching this tournament is awesome because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England".

Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, who both missed penalties 10 years ago against Turkey, both scored in the shootout against Denmark.

"The Ballon d'Or? I don't think about it at all", Modric said.

"I thought it was a great performance, obviously with so much pressure - the world watching on, England watching on", he added.


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