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Belgium and France face off in mouth-watering semi-final

Belgium and France face off in mouth-watering semi-final

It is only the second time that Croatia have reached the World Cup semi-finals.

Croatia ended Russia's surprising World Cup run with a 4-3 penalty shootout victory in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

The two teams will meet in Moscow on Wednesday at 19:00 BST, while Belgium and France will contest the first semi-final on Tuesday in St. Petersburg, also at 19:00.

"Belgium play very good football, of course France, also Brazil played very good".

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For Kane, who has scored 20 or more Premier League goals four seasons running, it was not until after the 2014 World Cup that he established himself at the top level.

Although Croatia went on to suffer an agonising 2-1 defeat to host nation France in the semi-finals, they beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the third-place playoff.

"I wouldn't say there are any glaring weaknesses (in England's team) since they are in the semi-finals, that says it all".

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After once again starring as Real won a fourth Champions League crown in five seasons by beating Liverpool in Kiev in May, Modric will be nearly assured of winning the Ballon d'Or if he can lead Croatia all the way to improbable World Cup glory. "It will be a battle again but I trust us, I have belief in us", Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said.

And, if all else fails, Croatia can always go into a penalty shootout confident that they will come out as winners.

Croatia are not thought to have any injury concerns for the match, with all players available for Monday's training session, which attracted a huge media scrum including more than two dozen camera teams.

Gareth Southgate's side's potency from set-pieces was certainly on the minds of Croatia after they were forced into penalties by Russian Federation.

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"We are glad that this generation experiences its own 1998, that they can see live what football euphoria looks like ... at least we will not have to explain it to them on YouTube any more", Sportske novosti added.