England pledge to attack Croatia in World Cup semi-final

Annette Crawford
July 10, 2018

Croatia, meanwhile have made the World Cup knockout rounds for the first time since 1998, when they reached the semi-final and finished third overall.

Two nations who have been waiting years to put right the bitter memories of World Cup semifinal defeats will face each other on Wednesday in Moscow with the chance to finally go one step further.

Jordan Henderson hopes to be fit to play in England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday.

While many outsiders view that unexpected Croatian run to the last four as a great success, inside the country many share the view of the team's then-coach Miroslav Blažević that it was a missed opportunity. Both teams are trying to play that way, although both, especially England, can play very directly.

But neither side are in a mood for nostalgia or using the past as motivation.

Southgate may have been tempted to drop either Dele Alli or Jesse Lingard in place of more defensively-minded Dier as England look to cope with Croatia's brilliant midfield pair of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

Croatia, however, may not have the luxury of naming an unchanged side, with several key players missing training on Monday.

'Our style is to play on the front foot that is what the manager wants from us and that is what the players believe in as well. We are not going to change for anybody we are going to continue playing the way we have been'. "We're looking forward to the future", said Young.

May the best team win.

Zlatko Dalic's side have needed penalties to get past both Denmark and Russian Federation in the last two knockout rounds, and can be backed at 21/10 (3.10) to play out another stalemate after 90 minutes here.

It sets up a showdown in Moscow against England, who beat Sweden 2-0 earlier in the day.

The Three Lions are hoping to bring home a trophy they last won way back in 1966, while their opponents are aiming to reach the final for the first time ever.

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