England V. Croatia, Winner Will Play France

England V. Croatia, Winner Will Play France

England V. Croatia, Winner Will Play France

He had a hard time in the beginning in Spain but by now is an undisputed midfield leader and played a big role in Real winning the last three Champions Leagues and every major club title over the years.

"I believe that people did not only start trusting us but they are in love with us. We've already accomplished something big, but we want to do more", he told reporters. "This generation has been underrated for a long time because of their poor results, but they have shown their quality when it mattered at this World Cup, and it will go down as a golden generation like that of 1998".

Ignashevich played in all five of Russia's matches and scored in their two penalty shoot-outs in the knockout phase, including on Saturday in Sochi, where Croatia triumphed 4-3 after a 2-2 draw.

The Three Lions have scored eight times from set-pieces in Russian Federation already, the most at a World Cup since Portugal in 1966. He said: "I'm gutted. Thank God everything is fine with him".

"I was concentrated throughout the match, but after Rakitic's penalty the emotion came bursting out of me".

Then, cue pandemonium as Mario Mandzukic scored the vital goal that ensured Croatia will face France in Moscow Sunday.

"It's a proud moment for us all when we put on the jersey and I'm going to grab it with both hands, run with it and enjoy it as much as we can".

"I've met quite a few of those players and we know exactly how they're held and perhaps, in the modern era, that would be even crazier".

Eleven host cities, namely Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara, were selected to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup. "The teams who are hard-working, who are compact and united, these are the teams that are still here".

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.

"Thanks to the England team, and manager, for giving us this attractive World Cup run", he said.

With England looking to continue their assault towards the final and Belgium and France clashing in the other last-four match, the Magic Manpundit has offered his views on how things will unfold. "Maybe we can change something".

Here, Press Association Sport looks at Croatia's route to the showpiece event.

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