Croatia vs England match preview | Semi Final | 2018 Russia World Cup

England and Croatia will battle it out in Moscow to set up a meeting in the final of Russia 2018 with France (who beat Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday).

Croatia continue to deliver on the world stage after knocking out the host nation Russia in the quarter-finals.

After conceding just one goal in the group stages where they swept aside Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland, the ‘Blazers’ (CRO) then saw off Denmark (last-16) and Russia (quarter-finals) both on penalties.

Gareth Southgate’s ‘Three Lions’ march on following an impressive 2-0 win over ‘bogey team’ Sweden.

In seven previous H2H meetings in all competitions, England have the advantage with four wins compared to Croatia’s two – with one draw.

Their last matchup saw England win 5-1 in the 2009 European qualifiers.

Players to watch

Harry Kane has six goals so far but Croatia’s manager has outlined pace-master Raheem Sterling as England’s main danger – Sterling has two goals from 42 caps.

Meanwhile, two-goal Luka Modrić has the experience and skill to hurt England from his own set-pieces – he has 14 goals from 111 caps.

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