Next for Croatia is an English team both hoping to snatch a final spot from each other. For the records, this makes the third time the three lions have been able to reach the last four of the competition since they won the trophy at home in 1966 only to lose against memorably against West Germany on penalties in 1990.
Croatia however has been rolling steadily through the World Cup event in Russia. While this team has not been the most glamorous, it is safe to say they have been neatly efficient – making the best of every goal chance scraped out.
Consecutively against sturdy Denmark and Russians opponents, the Croats have dragged it to the end needing penalties in both instances to pull through. The energetic likes of Mandzukic has been a work house not necessarily for the goals but his pacesetting work rate and combativeness.
It would be right to say this Croatian team is built around the spectacular intelligence of both Rakitic and Modric. Both are globally acclaimed midfield maestros famed for pulling the strings perfectly from the middle of the park. This explains their tendency to overwhelm teams in the midfield compensating for their paucity of attacking flair.
Also Modric and Rakitic have taken their fair share of the responsibility of scoring goals. Modric consolidating his claims as one of the finest midfielders alive on the planet at the moment. Surely he has been firing his rockets in notably the thunderbolt he whipped in against Argentina. Would he be able to score again from outside the box against England?
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