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There will be more celebrations on Tuesday for Kevin De Bruyne and Belgium according to The National's predictions. Shaun Botterill  Getty Images No fear but we're not the favourites, says Croatia's Mandzukic
Sidney Guerrero | 11 July, 2018, 02:00

Every time a Croatian player appears before the media at this World Cup, he knows a question about Modric is coming, and every time the answer reflects the admiration there is in the squad for their captain. They are in the better half of the draw and we have a proper team, full of quality, full of experience.

After a dramatic win on penalties against Russia, Croatia will play England on Wednesday night (AEST) in front of 80,000 people in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium for a place in the World Cup final. By no means are they assured a spot, as world No. 7 France, who oddsmakers are favouring, stand in their way.

But British Airways, which has seen a 700 percent increase in searches for flights to Russian Federation on its website since England's penalty shootout win over Colombia last week, has now released hundreds more seats on Moscow flights by using bigger planes.

And the players are eyeing the chance to win a second crown on Sunday.

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"We had to take advantage a bit more in the counter-attacks, but congratulations to my players and my staff". Step off them and they will dictate the game.

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And ahead of France meeting Belgium for a spot in the World Cup final, SPORTbible have combined for two teams in a fantasy XI. In France's World Cup opener against Australia, he let a long shot go past him and watched in relief as it hit the crossbar.

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.

"Croatia has great players playing at the greatest clubs, but it is true we have not had good results at major tournament for decades", the coach said on Tuesday.

"Until five or six years ago I was bit vain, and in a way glad that in 1998 we set the bar so high that it was hard to even contemplate, let alone jump over it".

If they're similarly open against France, Les Bleus can punish them by displaying a more ruthless streak than Brazil did. "It is very near and we will leave our last drop of sweat on the pitch to achieve our goal".

Not many expected Spain to fail to make the final four of the World Cup and even fewer anticipated Brazil crashing out at the quarter-final stage but Gary Neville gets paid the big bucks for a reason.

In retrospect, we should have seen England's victory coming.

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