Croatia star Modric expects a tough game against a 'strong' England

Croatia after they beat Russia on penalties during their quarter final match

"All of that work is great but you really have to achieve at senior level for all of that to be fulfilled and we've got a great opportunity now to reach the final". Henderson has attempted more passes per game than any other English midfielder at the World Cup, with an average of 59.3.

England too left Italy 28 years ago feeling that the team featuring Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne could have gone all the way.

To that point, we had been allowing Spain to play their game, passing the ball like we all... "It is a game that is very evenly matched, we know what we want to do and we have to focus on our preparation and make sure that we control the controllables as we have attempted to do for every game", the manager said.

Southgate explained: "We are enjoying the journey".

But on Monday, defender Ashley Young was quick to dismiss it's significance. Not what's happened in the past. "We'll just have to assess the bodies", said Southgate.

Croatia's 3-0 win over Argentina in the group stage was a clear signal that the team led by midfield maestro Luka Modric was a real threat with their clever passing and movement.

The two sides have met seven times in the past with England winning their last two clashes. It is the 2006 World Cup and we are playing Spain in the round of 16, a knockout match. The Three Lions are confident, and why shouldn't they be? They lost to hosts and eventual winners France. They are unbeaten so far in the tournament.

Croatia's Luka Modric celebrates with Dejan Lovren after winning the quarterfinal match between Russian Federation and Croatia.

Kane, who tops the Golden Boot standings in Russian Federation, had already scored and assisted as Spurs recorded a 4-1 victory in October.

Prediction: Worn down after two straight penalty shoot-out wins, Croatia eventually fall victim to yet another set-piece goal from England.

England have already won a shootout in Russian Federation, against Colombia in the last 16.

Croatia booked their spot in the last four the hard way after their last-16 and quarter-final games against Denmark and Russian Federation respectively went to penalties .

Modric has been Croatia's key component in Russian Federation this summer with his two goals making him the top scorer, as well as completing more minutes than any other Croatian player with 485. Their first encounter, in 1996, ended in a goalless draw.

Real Madrid playmaker Modric, who was at Tottenham Hotspur earlier in his career at the same time a young Kane was starting out, has been a particular inspiration.

Jordan Henderson had been considered a doubt for the game at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday due to a tight hamstring suffered in the quarter-final win over Sweden.

It might sound a stretch, but some England fans want matchday in Moscow dubbed "Waistcoat Wednesday" in tribute to manager Gareth Southgate, who has taken to wearing a waistcoat on the touch-line along with suit pants and a dress shirt and tie.

"We are really proud with the style of our play, the intelligence of our play and that we have performed under pressure".

However, Kane's partner in attack, Raheem Sterling, has pace to burn and England's totem will be on hand to benefit if that causes problems for the Croatians.

Strong, mobile, indefatigable and good in the air, Mandzukic looks to make life as hard as possible for the defence, stretching play to allow the likes of Modric the space they need to get into the danger zone around the box. Although his goals weren't needed against Sweden, that's unlikely to be the case against Croatia.

While the set piece has been England's most decisive weapon on their run to the semi-finals, and they won a penalty shootout to beat Colombia, Croatia will feel they have the edge if the match remains deadlocked after extra time.

The captain was the man of the match again in the penalty shootout win over Russian Federation in Sochi at the weekend.

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