Croatia fear England’s Sterling in World Cup semi-final

Russian fans left heartbroken as Croatia dumps the host nation out the 2018 World Cup

Russian fans left heartbroken as Croatia dumps the host nation out the 2018 World Cup

Croatia are just the second team to win successive shootouts in World Cup history, emulating Argentina's feat in 1990, when the latter won shootouts against Yugoslavia and Italy in the quarters and the semis, respectively. However, it would not be just Tottenham fans but an entire nation who would be cheering if that pair can combine in similar fashion for England against Croatia. "We've got to win because we play better". Everyone has been out on the streets celebrating what we've achieved and that is a great source of pride for us. For me, Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida have been fantastic centre backs, among the best in the World Cup.

"Until five or six years ago I was bit vain, and in a way glad that in 1998 we set the bar so high that it was hard to even contemplate, let alone jump over it".

"This is already big, but we can do more".

The Croatian is already up against it considering how he was taken apart by Kane at Wembley past year.

Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic scored the last penalty for Croatia to send them to the semifinal where they will face England.

Croatia's shoot-out victory over Russian Federation was their second straight win on penalties at the World Cup, after they beat Denmark in the same fashion in their last-16 tie.

"Croatia has great players playing at the greatest clubs, but it is true we have not had good results at major tournament for decades", the coach said on Tuesday.

"It's his quality that he's been showing for many years". It was a one-sided affair really where Sweden struggled to the see the ball as Gareth Southgate's men dominated and subjugated the Swedish side 2-0.

"They are really good at set-pieces and their tall players are unsafe at corners. Until last night, when all the pain was removed and when we finally experienced a revival of 1998", the Sportski Novosti newspaper said after that match.

Earlier players partied inside the dressing room in a raucous atmosphere as they toasted reaching the final four of the tournament.

Lovren, however, was annoyed by a question about one of his worst performances for Liverpool - last October's visit to Wembley to play Spurs.

Kane won't be short of motivation when England play Croatia, but Lovren's social media activity could have fuelled his fire.

Their one defeat came against Belgium in their final group game, in a match between two essentially reserve sides.

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