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Why Southgate's England are fine without a Modric

10 July 2018, 02:08 | Pamela Mathis

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Harry Kane of England walks to the penalty spot to take the first penalty of the shoot out during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Colombia and England at Spartak

Fresh from another penalty shoot-out win, Croatia captain Luka Modric said his team would have to work on defending set-pieces ahead of their World Cup semi-final clash against England on Thursday morning (Singapore time).

Croatia players were less vocal on social media after narrowly progressing to their first semi-final appearance since 1994, but it can not be denied that the players are not motivated for Wednesday evening.

Sterling was a key part of the Manchester City side that won the Premier League last season but he has been less effective in England's charge to the last four for the first time since 1990.

England were drawn against Croatia in qualifying for Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 with these two different campaigns producing wildly different results.

Gareth Southgate's side has been one of the surprise packages of the tournament, and after a slow start are now just 90 minutes away from only a second World cup final in their history.

In the shootout, Mateo Kovacic missed his kick for Croatia, but two misses by Russia's Fedor Smolov and Fernandes handed The Blazers passage to the semis where England await. "I think for a country like Croatia, it is impressive and we want to keep going further", said Rakitic.

"And now I want to say to English fans: "Guys, get it together, come to Russian Federation and support your national team because they have gotten into the semi-final", she said. "He congratulated us on a very good game".

Andrej Kramaric had drawn Croatia level with five minutes left in the first half, canceling out Denis Cheryshev's opener, before Domagoj Vida struck in extra time to score what appeared to be the winning goal.

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After once again starring as Real won a fourth Champions League crown in five seasons by beating Liverpool in Kiev in May, Modric will be nearly assured of winning the Ballon d'Or if he can lead Croatia all the way to improbable World Cup glory.

MOSCOW, July 10 ― "We keep hearing the same question and we give out the same answer", said Croatia's Ivan Perisic last week.

Their only appearance in a final came back in 1966 when they beat West Germany 4-2. Their generation are more than heroes for us, ' added Rakitic.

"I hope we can outdo the 1998 team".

When asked about England's Harry Kane, head coach of the Croatian team Zlatko Dalic stressed talking to reporters that the Croatian squad has players who can stop anyone.

"Putin called me during the day, and he called me right now", Cherchesov said.

But as in the previous match against Denmark - which Croatia also won on penalties after an insipid 1-1 draw - all too often his team mates failed to do anything with them.



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