The England star Croatia are fearing

Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic is crucial to his nation's hopes

Luka Modric of Croatia (top) and Dejan Lovren of Croatia celebrate celebrate victory over Russian Federation at the 2018 World Cup.

Croatia have won two penalty shootouts on their way to the semis this year - their first since they lost to eventual winners France back in 1998, which was their maiden participation in the World Cup after their independence.

Meticulous preparation - including a trip to the United States to take in an National Basketball Association game - the selection of specific players with strong dead-ball delivery, and the defensive nature of high-pressure tournament soccer has led to a point where set pieces could yet lead England to a second World Cup title. "For the players and Gareth, I wish them massive good luck. If I had a vote, I would vote for Luka", he said.

Nearly £50 million has been matched on Betfair's World Cup victor market, and the encouraging news for England is that more than a third of bets have backed the Three Lions to win the tournament.

With England looking to continue their assault towards the final and Belgium and France clashing in the other last-four match, the Soccer Saturday pundit has offered his views on how things will unfold.

These two have looked the best two teams in the tournament.

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The absence of Vrsaljko could now leave Croatia's right-hand side vulnerable, with Ashley Young, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard more than capable of exposing a weakened back line.

"That's how important Wimbledon is to me and to us over here".

"They're fantastic players ... they're a fantastic team", Henderson said the pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

The semi-final also represents a financial mismatch between the riches of England's Premier League and Croatian football.

"We played twice for 120 minutes in six days and spent tremendously, physically and mentally", he said.

After 10 years of Real's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi dominating the Ballon d'Or, there has been talk that leading his country to World Cup glory could see Modric break the pair's stranglehold on the award for the world's best player.

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