Zlatko Dalic says Croatia's World Cup progress is no surprise

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But not everyone from Bournemouth will be rooting for Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson.

Croatia take on England in the second semi-final of the World Cup.

However, ahead of England v Croatia tonight, I can't disagree this time.

"For England to beat Croatia and reach the World Cup final, they must stop the best midfielder in the world", Jenas told BBC Sport. The enthusiasm they have for these players, they've been brilliant ambassadors for our country, it's great for them they've got some enjoyable moments playing for England now.

Croatia looked vulnerable from set-pieces against Russian Federation, conceding the equaliser in extra-time via a set-play, so this is an area England can exploit. For a stage as grand as the FIFA World Cup, a combination of elite footballers within a dynamic tactical system is often the easiest route to strike gold, as Didier Deschamps has managed to do with France, leading Les Bleus to successive finals in 2016 Euro and 2018 World Cup.

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"But we had to finalise the book well before the squads were going to be announced and that's when Gareth started getting a little wary because, even though he was pretty much nailed on to make the squad, he didn't want to be seen as being a little overconfident if it came out he was doing the book". As we regroup, he turns to me and says, "Right that's enough, time to lift the tempo, let's get about them". "I think it's going to be incredibly loud in any bar we end up going to for the match".

"Croatia, I think, will stay in a lower block and will try to find solutions on the counter-attack because they have very fast players with [Andrej] Kramaric, [Ante] Rebic and also [Mario] Mandzukic, who is a fighter, and also maybe with the individual brilliance from Modric and Rakitic".

"I'm excited to see if Croatian fans are as excited as we are".

"Prediction is England 2 Croatia 1 (after extra time)".

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