World Cup semi-final England v Croatia

Croatia's Luka Modric jumps for the ball during the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia in Sochi

Croatia's Luka Modric jumps for the ball during the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia in Sochi

The Croatia national team is preparing for the historic semi-final of the World Cup tonight against England - and while everyone rightly believes that Zlatko Dalić's side could be in the final against France on July 15th, there is extra motivation for Luka Modrić & Co. heading into the decisive match against England tonight.

In the end, it was not to be, though amid the disappointment there was also a feeling that the tournament was still something to savour, the first such World Cup for a long time.

"If they stopped you from watching the match, I am sure you would have something to say about it", they wrote. "We can not do anything to stop this from happening other than hope that they have read this letter and think twice before acting".

The 27-year-old only made his England debut last summer in a 3-2 defeat to France but this World Cup he has established himself as a key member of Gareth Southgate's side.

THE hopes and fears of the nation have reached new heights ahead of England's semi-final clash with Croatia.

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But first, The Three Lions are on the agenda.

"I don't think anyone was expecting either England or Croatia to get this far".

And while he said his bar was likely to be full with Croatia and England fans, Mr Colgan won't be working, making sure he can enjoy the match. If I'm honest, I don't think there are many England players who would get into this Croatian team. But England has not been in the final since 1966, when it won its only World Cup title.

"As a venue we can only take responsibility for so much, and thought a reminder to our customers that they should always enjoy themselves responsibly is important".

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