Steven Gerrard says England will beat Croatia and are a 'dangerous' team

Sergio Cunningham
July 12, 2018

Basically, we think that these two tweets perfectly sum up how we feel about the former Ireland and Faroe Islands manager and if you're a gambling man or woman, Paddy Power have an absolutely ideal market for you ahead of the England vs Croatia semi-final.

While not scoring against Sweden in the quarter-finals, Kane was instrumental up front and continues to be the Three Lions key player.

Croatia have needed penalty shoot-outs to overcome Denmark and Russian Federation in the knockout stage.

Fast forward 14 years and the pair are set for a much bigger showdown with a spot in the World Cup final up for grabs.

Neither team came to Russian Federation being heralded as favourites but they have produced performances throughout the competition which have shown they were underestimated by the pundits.

Vrsaljko says that he expects the match against England to be completely different than the games against Denmark and Russian Federation.

Maybe that's why this squad seems unburdened by the weight of history or perhaps it was the complete lack of expectation of them going into the tournament - how else can you explain an England team that have come through a penalty shoot-out scare?

Pubs, bars, gardens and public parks are preparing to host parties, arranged around the semi-final match against Croatia, which kicks off at 7pm BST.

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"We want players to be 100 per cent but we will see after training".

Croatia are wary of the threat posed by England captain Harry Kane, the tournament's leading scorer with six goals so far, while England will have to close down arguably the best player of this World Cup, Luka Modric. "It may repeat itself once, maybe never".

Last October, Lovren was taken off by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp just 31 minutes into a game against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, when Kane scored twice in a 4-1 win for his side.

"I am perfectly ready and fit and I can say the same for my team-mates".

England's semi-final defeat to West Germany at the 1990 World Cup in Italy saw Britain's record sudden power surge of 2,800MW.

Ten charter planes carrying over 1,500 fans took off from the capital Zagreb for Moscow on Tuesday, Croatian online media TPortal said.

Zlatko Dalic's team are one of the most cohesive units of any team in the tournament. Ask Justin Timeberlake, and he'll tell you the same thing.

"But I like to challenge these strikers and to show to everyone that I'm one of the best defenders". "You're just nit-picking in terms of my performances".

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