Croatia fear England's Sterling in W Cup semi


Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic has insisted that his team can stop England captain Harry Kane in Wednesday night's 2018 World Cup semi-final in Moscow.

In one of the most-anticipated matches of the tournament so far, host nation Russian Federation crashed out of the world cup after losing to Croatia in the penalty shootout.

"It's not the same if you play 90 minutes twice and 120 minutes twice, but I believe we've had ample time to recover and we're professional enough to know who needs what in terms of recovery", he said.

Striker Dzyuba has been one of the heroes at the heart of Russia's fairy tale World Cup run, being recalled to the squad after re-finding his form at the end of the club season.

Kramarić is Croatia's seventh different player to score a goal for the side in the 2018 World Cup.

"That defeat is completely irrelevant", he said, with a face like thunder.

Dejan Lovren, a man who will be crucial to Croatia's enjoyment of the clash at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, was sat next to Dalic on Tuesday and he exuded the same calm confidence as his coach.

Klopp said at the time: "It was just really bad, bad, bad".

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Danijel Subasic's save on Fedor Smolov's penalty made him only the third goalkeeper in history to save four penalties in World Cup shootouts (He had saved three against Denmark in the round of 16 shootout).

For a country with a population of little more than four million, making it all the way to the final would be a remarkable achievement.

"He's one of the greatest threats, but he's not alone".

"But we believe in our strengths", said Dalic. But there is less pressure on them now. The hosts lost 4-3 in the penalty shootout. "We're not working much now so you can imagine what it will be like if we win".

"We watched England and we saw how strong they are", Modric said in the post match press conference after his sides quarter-final victory.

Croatia's ability to keep Kane in check could hinge on the fitness of right-back Sime Vrsaljko, who is in doubt for the match with a knee injury.

However, Southgate refuses to accept the idea that England will be significantly fresher. So we won't win the game just because Croatia had half an hour more football than us three days ago. 'To be fair, we've had some good sportsmen like [Goran] Ivanisevic in tennis, he won Wimbledon, basketball is huge and we were good.