England were excellent against Sweden - sparking scenes of jubilation back home - but are likely to see far less of the ball against a technically excellent Croatia side, who like to dominate possession. They memorably sparked into life in that incredible last 16 win over Argentina, but were back to being solid yet unspectacular against Uruguay. Just goes to show how unpredictable this World Cup has been.
Former global Mario Stanic remembers perfectly the defeat to eventual winners France in the 1998 semi-final, although he would rather not.
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. It's been a odd campaign for France, who looked subdued all through the group phase.
It would be hard to find a more interesting final four than the one that has wound up in Russian Federation, two teams that expected to come this far, and two that didn't.
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After England reached the World Cup semi-final, "Three Lions" by Baddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds has gone to number one! In 2002, 2006 and 2014 they were eliminated in the group stages, and they failed to qualify for the 2010 tournament. "But Croatia can also cause England problems they haven't had before".
Previous meetings England won their only previous clash at a major tournament, at Euro 2004, with a 4-2 triumph where Wayne Rooney scored twice.
Coach Roberto Martinez (C) celebrates Belgium's opening goal against Brazil in the quarterfinals.
"Our last three games were different because we played teams with a defensive approach", he said. Most respondents, precisely 21 percent, said they favor France, while England came in second place with 18 percent.
And with four goals each, Denis Cheryshev tied as the third-top scorer with Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.