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12 July 2018, 07:15 | Henrietta Morgan
ZAGREB, July 11 ― Excitement was building in Croatia today ahead of the World Cup semi-final against England, with tens of thousands of fans expected to watch the match on public screens across the country.
Croatia now advances to face France in the finals on Sunday.
In order to win, England will need to contain Modric, who is involved in nearly every Croatian attack, controlling the pace, and scoring twice, including in the impressive 3-0 win over Lionel Messi's Argentina.
England scored yet another set piece goal on Wednesday to earn an early 1-0 lead over Croatia in the World Cup semifinal. They are confident and have a young team.
"I am here with them today to write a new page in history, the most handsome page". Croatia entered the 30 minutes with a passionate drive inspired by the equalizer, enabling a strong offensive start.
"To beat them, we'll have to make our own luck. we'll have to be ready to suffer".
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"We could have been eliminated against Denmark [in the last 16]".
France President Emmanuel Macron was on hand for the game in St Petersburg and came down to the dressing room to celebrate with the players and staff.
Modric has played 485 of a possible 510 minutes in Russian Federation but coach Zlatko Dalic said "all players had a long season" and promised that "there is power left for England".
Dalic said he isn't concerned about his Croatia squad running out of steam. "It seems that [Zlatko] Dalic has prepared a surprise for the English".
Here Press Association Sport looks at five of the best Croatians to have played in England.
It has been a rocky road off the field, too, for Croatia.
"They have been playing at an extremely high level for their clubs". That leaves him free to play against England. "That will help us, but the chances are 50-50, I believe, because everybody deserves to be at the semifinal".
England fans were left devastated as the nation missed out on a place in the World Cup final. Then, no doubt, he'll be supporting the French pursuit of a second World Cup title the following day in Moscow.
ALSO READ: Is Modric the best midfielder in the world? That's something only Franz Beckenbauer (Germany) and Mario Zagallo (Brazil) have done. First, his team needs to get past France on Tuesday to earn a spot in the final for the first time. We haven't said our last word, there is still one more game to go. "I have responsibility for the team".
"I've seen the images of Paris".
'Our style was cramped a bit and maybe we did not want to risk with passes, so we had to balance it out in the second half, ' Modric said.
"He is a fantastic player who can create magical moments and I think he has been one of the outstanding performers so far in this World Cup".
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