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Modric reveals Croatia biggest concern ahead of England clash

Modric reveals Croatia biggest concern ahead of England clash”

"He was a constant threat to Sweden, of course he hasn't scored the goals he would have liked to have scored but for myself and the players he has been a crucial part of the way that we have been playing", he said.

To that point, we had been allowing Spain to play their game, passing the ball like we all...

The squad fly out to the Russian capital, Moscow, on Tuesday afternoon for their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.

England's remarkable set-play success is the fruit of extra preparation on the training ground with attacking coach Allan Russell, who has travelled with Southgate to the United States to study strategies from the National Basketball Association and NFL.

"We are not putting more pressure on ourselves with what happened in 1998", said midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

England needed penalties to beat Colombia in the Round of 16, but eased into the last four with a trouble-free 2-0 victory over Sweden.

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"We experienced the extra time and penalties (against Colombia) and we know the physical and emotional outcome of that", he said.

"We are just going to stick with what we have been doing all the way through". It's important that we do our best on the pitch.

England have a clean bill of health for their World Cup semi-final against Croatia after all 23 players trained on Tuesday.

Luka Modric is actually the Vatreni's top scorer with two goals from five matches, and his set pieces responsibilities could make 5/1 (6.00) anytime odds prove fruitful.

England face Croatia at 7pm BST on Wednesday night at the Luzhniki Stadium, with the winners to meet either Belgium or France in the final on Sunday.



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