England's squad all train ahead of World Cup semi-final against Croatia

Luka Modric is the ultimate team player for Croatia

"We watched the game today and saw how good they are from dead-ball situations", captain Luka Modric said.

Operating in tandem with Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, Modric will be out to dominate central midfield and build a platform to allow him to link with his forwards, or embark on a foray or two of his own into the box.

The pair will battle again on Wednesday, and Alli has told The Guardian that he hopes to embarrass Modric again with another nutmeg on the worldwide stage this time - but his focus will be on attempting to help England reach the World Cup final.

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"England have great players - they are a fantastic team", he added.

"We don't really care about who we play or who are the favourites".

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England progressed to the last four of football's flagship tournament for the first time since 1990 with a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday while Croatia advanced by overcoming hosts Russian Federation on penalties.

"We are just going to stick with what we have been doing all the way through".

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

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

Strong, mobile, indefatigable and good in the air, Mandzukic looks to make life as hard as possible for the defence, stretching play to allow the likes of Modric the space they need to get into the danger zone around the box. Victory would see them return to the same venue to face either France or Belgium in the final.

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