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Fans battle it out ahead Croatia vs England semifinal today

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But Croatian manager Zlatko Dalic believes the 23-year-old is an "important player" and must be watched closely during the last four encounter.

The third place finishers from the 1998 World Cup have needed penalty shoot-out wins to bypass both Denmark and Russian Federation in the knock-out phase.

Please send in any of your World Cup pictures - of family and friends kitted out in the England colours and of course, some Gareth Southgate waistcoat selfies - to the Recorder. The gesture became famous on June 14, the opening day of the tournament, when the lowest-ranked Russian team beat the second-lowest ranked Saudi Arabian team by 5-1.

"When England played Colombia we noticed traffic levels drop by about a third so we´re anticipating similar on Wednesday", said Frank Bird, an emergency planning officer at Highways England.

Corluka joked that Croatia are too small a country for Uefa or Federation Internationale de Football Association to consider captain Luka Modric for the Ballon d'Or, prompting a reporter to ask if Croatia were too small to be world champions.

"They have been playing at an extremely high level for their clubs".

"You've got to look at that squad now and think, you know what, they're going to get a result".

"It's football but, thank God, in the end, we're in the semi-final".

The Slavic country has been one of the better performers at this World Cup, even though it may not have come with much entertainment. They have players like Harry Maguire, Harry Kane, John Stones and others, who are very strong.

Key to England's run to the last-four stage has been their set-piece efficiency.

Starting right back Sime Vrsaljko had to be replaced during extra time with an apparent leg injury, though fellow defender Dejan Lovren was optimistic Sunday that Vrsaljko would be able to play with the semifinal looming on Wednesday. "He has this niggle. I can not tell you (if he will play on Wednesday)", Dalic said. It's a massive game and we're focusing on what we need to do. "There will be a lot of great players on the pitch".

A huge crowd of people at the FIFA Fan Fest on Vorobyovy Gory greeted the team with thunderous applause and loud chants "Rossiya" and "Spasibo" to mark the Sbornaya's remarkable accomplishments at the home World Cup. "Thank you for your support, I'm happy to see so many people here. But we will be, because there's a great spirit in this side".

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