England are set to reach their first World Cup final since 1966 by beating Croatia, who have reached this stage for the first time since 1998.
Only 3,400 English fans watched England’s victory over Sweden in the semifinals, but all flights to Moscow were booked within the last 48 hours, and it’s reported more than 10,000 fans could present at the Luzhniki Stadium and even more in the fan zones.
Croatia struggled to find themselves in victorious matches against Denmark and Russia, but head coach Zlatko Dalic, said that the defensive style of their opponents killed their creative game. He hopes England will be more suited to their style of play, but added that the recovery of players after two straight 120-minute games and two penalty shootouts would not be easy.
Dalic gave recognition to the team’s talisman, Luka Modric. The 32‑year‑old midfielder, along with Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic, has inspired his natioanal team to reach through the last four.
Both England and Croatia needed penalty shootouts to qualify for the quarter finals, and Croatia then becoming only the second side World Cup history to win several post-match shootouts in one tournament.
England should be on the alert: against the background of all the euphoria, we should not forget that the only teams that England actually beat in this World Cup are Tunisia, Panama and Sweden.
The latest World Cup from top bookmakers:
Potential Croatia lineup: Subasic; Vida, Lovren, Corluka, Strinic; Rakitic, Brozovic, Rebic, Modric, Perisic; Mandzukic
Potential England lineup: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Henderson; Trippier, Lingard, Alli, Young; Sterling, Kane