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10 July, 2018, 14:06 | Author: Drew Briggs
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With a team featuring Davor Šuker, Zvonimir Boban, and Robert Prosinečki and wearing blue shirts with a distinctive red and white chequerboard pattern, they beat World Cup giants Germany 3-0 in the quarter-finals in France, sparking delirium at home.

Goldman has good news for England fans, forecasting the team will be victorious in its semifinal against Croatia on Wednesday, reaching only its second final, and the first since 1966 - the only time England won the World Cup.

Despite their last two matches going the distance, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic insists his team will have plenty in the tank for the battle with England.

Croatia don't see themselves as favourites in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final although most of their players have more worldwide experience than those from opponents England.

And when we speak of Europeans outdoing the South Americans it is actually France and Belgium who have been the vanguards in that regard, knocking Argentina and Brazil out respectively.

OPENING SALVO Russia had delivered the flawless opening salvo, firing five goals past the Saudis in the World Cup opening match that instantly gave the home crowd a reason to turn their attention to football.

The Tottenham forward is the tournament's leading scorer with six goals, putting him level with Gary Lineker's 1986 haul, ahead of Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia.

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"I wouldn't say there are any glaring weaknesses (in England's team) since they are in the semi-finals, that says it all".

It has been suggested Croatia should be the favourite given the experienced players it boasts in its squad, thereby increasing the pressure on it to reach the final, but Mandzukic says the team is enjoying its time in Russian Federation now more than ever.

"We've seen he's doing really well", the Juventus striker told a media conference.

The 31-year-old Lloris describes the Belgium lineup as "quite simply, the most complete side in the tournament, in all aspects of the game". "That in future we talk about them", said Blazevic, now 83, and known in Croatia as the "coach of all coaches". "The most important for me is my team winning the World Cup".

There is little prospect that they would have come this far without Modric, who as a boy was forced to flee his village home after his grandfather was killed by Serb forces in the Croatian independence war.

"We believe in our strengths", he said, as reported by BBC Sport. "Both deserve to be here, maybe the luck is on Croatia's side". "That generation, is though, is bigger than heroes for us", added Rakitic.

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