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Asked about potential weaknesses in the England team, Dalic, who only took over as coach in October, replied: "I wouldn't say there are any glaring weaknesses - they are in the semi-finals, that says it all".

Dalic's side overcame hosts Russian Federation on Saturday in their second succesive penalty shootout.

Pulling in a 4.1/12 in metered market ratings, the almost three decades in the desiring move to the semi-finals for England rose 11% from what the Argentina v. Belgium game got in 2014.

'We have two matches to play and we are very motivated.


But having seen Croatia hold off Argentina superstar Lionel Messi and Denmark talisman Eriksen, conceding once in those two games, Dalic is optimistic they can do the same against Kane.

Kane is now leading the Golden Boot race at this summer's World Cup with six goals, helping his side to the semi-finals of the competition in the process. Croatia's most memorable victory over the Three Lions was the 3-2 win in 2009 at Wembley when Niko Kranjcar, Ivica Olic and Mladen Petric scored to knock England out of qualifying for Euro 2008.

It's been the comedic undertone to a World Cup run bathed in belief by England fans around the world, but 2018 could indeed be the year football comes home. After losing 1-0 to Belgium, England really have been in the easier side of the draw and they duly used that to their strengths.

Everyone in the team is hungry even though he, with Bayern Munich, captain Luka Modric (Real Madrid) and Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) have won major club titles such as the Champions League, Mandzukic said. "Both deserve to be here, maybe the luck is on Croatia's side". It was Colombia first who was beaten in the shoot-out, showing to the world that this is a new team.


Dalic, 51, singled out the tournament's top-scorer and Raheem Sterling as potential threats for England, but added that his team were not anxious. They've lined up in freakish formations to confuse their markers - like against Colombia in the round of 16 where four players stood in a row before splintering off.

"The good thing is Pickford has made important saves at the right times". This young side may be missing experience of some other teams, but their spirit and child-like euphoria could propel them into history once more.

Gareth Southgate will have all of his players at disposal for the match against Croatia.


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