They still play long balls, says Croatia right back

Ivan Rakitic tackles Barcelona club mate Lionel Messi as Croatia beat Argentina in the World Cup

Croatia beat Messi's Argentina 3-0 on their way to topping group D

Given Croatia had extra time and penalties to recover from, England should come into the game fresher and they also have the edge in previous meetings, winning four of the seven encounters, including a 5-1 victory in their most recent match - a World Cup qualifier in 2009.

Jacobs said that whether England win or lose, the soccer fans who do come to his gig would be hard to handle.

Two nations who have been waiting years to put right the bitter memories of World Cup semi-final defeats will face each other on Wednesday in Moscow with the chance to finally go one step further.

England got off to about as good a start as the team could have hoped for against Croatia in the World Cup semifinal. "For Croatian football and Croatia as a country this is history being written", said the 51-year-old Dalic.

He said: "I don't read what is going on in England, I am reading about my own country after each game".

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"It's football but, thank God, in the end, we're in the semi-final".

Crowds of glum-looking fans swiftly streamed out of the venue, as some stayed behind to applaud the young team's surprising success in Russian Federation.

"I've met quite a few of those players and we know exactly how they're held and perhaps, in the modern era, that would be even crazier".

Prosecutors targeted Zdravko Mamic, a longtime influential figure in Croatian soccer as former Dinamo director, former vice president of the national federation, and close ally of current president Davor Suker.

'We dominated in extra-time and were the better team, we should have finished the job before penalties - but maybe it is written in the stars that we had to go through the extra drama'.

The French players danced on the field after their victory but toned it down slightly to shake hands with Thierry Henry, who helped Les Bleus win the World Cup in 1998 and is now Belgium's assistant coach.

May remains convinced England will advance to its first final since 1966.

"France were in the final of the Euros - nearly they are used to being in these sort of big games, and I thought we coped with that side really well, so I don't want any of my players to be frustrated, disappointed".

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