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England pledge to attack Croatia in World Cup semi-final

England pledge to attack Croatia in World Cup semi-final

Although Croatia are the most hard opponents England will have faced in the tournament, Southgate's words suggest he will continue with his attacking formation and personnel.

"We want to continue in the same style that we have been playing until now", he said.

It is the first time since 1998 that Croatia have reached this stage.

In England too, World Cup fever has been building with Gareth Southgate´s young team on the cusp of reaching the country´s first World Cup since they won it on home soil in 1966. Croatia cruised through their group without a loss but needed penalty kicks to defeat both Denmark and Russian Federation in back-to-back games in the knockout stage. The France '98 semi-finalists will be looking to one of the players of the tournament, Luka Modric, to guide them one step further in Russian Federation.

"I do predict an England win", he said.

England fans are being given a run for their money in Moscow, with Croatia's supporters showing they can have just as much fun by partying under an enormous flag decked out in their football team's colours.

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The second semi-final between England and Croatia will start at 6am tomorrow.

Lovren has featured in all five of Croatia's World Cup games so far and played the entirely of the team's two knockout fixtures with Denmark and Russian Federation that went to a penalty shootout after 120 minutes of play. Defender Dejan Lovren is a teammate of Henderson's on Champions League finalist Liverpool, and Lovren bristled when asked about a 4-1 loss at Tottenham last October when England striker Harry Kane scored twice.

"I am perfectly ready and fit and I can say the same for my team-mates".

Croatia's 3-0 win over Argentina in the group stage was a clear signal that the team led by midfield maestro Luka Modric was a real threat with their clever passing and movement.

Ten charter planes carrying over 1,500 fans took off from the capital Zagreb for Moscow on Tuesday, Croatian online media TPortal said.

England's semi-final defeat to West Germany at the 1990 World Cup in Italy saw Britain's record sudden power surge of 2,800MW. "You are just nitpicking my poor performances". "It is not anything horrific, but it bothers me and I hope it will recuperate till the match against England", Vrsaljko said, before adding. "We know what's at stake and at such moments you forget fatigue you may feel because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity - it may never repeat itself again".