Vrsaljko hoping to be fit for World Cup semi-final

Stones I'll grab World Cup final chance with both hands

After the group stages of the competition, the former England worldwide laid out how he felt the knockout stages would play out in Russian Federation and he surprisingly got everything correct, including the semi-final match-ups.

Fellow-forward Andrej Kramaric, who had a brief stint at surprise 2016 Premier League champions Leicester and is now at Germany's Hoffenheim, said he had a lot of respect for England but also hoped Croatia could make the final as the smallest-ever nation. They are a strong squad but not an unbeatable team for England.

The first of the World Cup semi-finals is upon us, with either France or Belgium set to advance to the final when they meet on Tuesday evening. By no means are they assured a spot, as world No. 7 France, who oddsmakers are favouring, stand in their way.

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic said on Sunday that he respects England's team but his players are not afraid of anyone.

Meanwhile, Croatia are sweating on the fitness of right-back Sime Vrsaljko and goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, both of whom were injury concerns during the quarter-final win over Russian Federation.

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The Thai navy celebrated the completed mission on Facebook with their slogan "Hooyah!", adding that it was a "miraculous" rescue. Momentary celebrations quickly gave way to rising anxiety as it became clear that the rescue would necessarily be highly risky .

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Romelu Lukaku has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 13 games for Belgium in all competitions (17 goals, 3 assists). Vermaelen believes France will be tougher opponents than five-times world champions Brazil.

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To top it off, the most important games are yet to be played. Their round-of-16 clash with Argentina was one of the games of the tournament as a brace from Mbappe and further strikes from Griezmann and Benjamin Pavard saw them prevail 4-3.

With the boys in Russian Federation through to the semi-finals of the World Cup, football is on everyone's minds.

When Dele Alli scored England's second goal, he performed the "Ride the Pony" emote from - you guessed it - Fortnite. "We played at club level as well", said striker Mario Mandzukic, who played with Modric at Dinamo Zagreb a decade ago. They were the only team still in it not to have beaten countries from both the right and left on the way to the Quarter Finals.

"He is our captain, our leader, we follow him and if the team manages a great result and he gets the Ballon d'Or he will deserve it, and I want it for him". I have never done that, even in training.

Here, Press Association Sport details everything you need to know about the Les Bleus. When Gareth came in it was the first time we relived it. "It is very near and we will leave our last drop of sweat on the pitch to achieve our goal".

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