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

10 July, 2018, 17:30 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Croatia players celebrate winning the penalty shoot out during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Russia and Croatia

Croatia captain, Luka Modric has admitted England's success from set-pieces is a major concern for them ahead of Wednesday's semi-final clash.

"England have great players - they are a fantastic team", he added. They are unbeaten so far in the tournament. "They have players like Harry Maguire, Harry Kane, John Stones and others, who are very strong".

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.

Croatia, however, may not have the luxury of naming an unchanged side, with several key players missing training on Monday.

Modric is Croatia's creative fulcrum and the effectiveness of the Real Madrid playmaker in Moscow will be integral to his nation's hopes of reaching the World Cup final for the first time.

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But he is certainly well aware of the threat that Croatia pose in the centre of the field.

Juventus striker Mandzukic is Croatia's main goal threat and although he has only scored once in Russian Federation, his game is about a lot more than just finding the net.

"They're very risky on set-pieces", said Real Madrid midfielder Modric.

To that point, we had been allowing Spain to play their game, passing the ball like we all...

The Three Lions have a clean bill of health going into the match against Croatia.

The goalkeeper struggled with a muscle injury during Croatia's quarter-final victory over Russia, Subasic needing treatment in extra-time before a heroic performance in the penalty shoot-out.

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