Croatia v England: Why Wednesday must be Harry Kane's day

Croatia v England: Why Wednesday must be Harry Kane's day

Now, this is a massive day for the English team, it's their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.

Meanwhile, the last two games for Croatia, against Denmark and Russian Federation, ended the same: with Croatia winning in penalties.

France coach Didier Deschamps said he was delighted to have the chance to bury the pain of the Euro 2016 final, which his side lost on home soil to Portugal. It seems with every barrier that gets put in their way, they seem to be getting over it comfortably.

"We had expected more fans around and a few more bars open, but it's a bit quiet still", he added, speaking on the morning of the game.

But Young, who turned 33 on Monday, says it would be futile to focus all their efforts on stopping Modric instead of focusing on the qualities that have brought England this far.

If those same fans have tickets to see Justin Timberlake's concert at The O2 Arena in London on Wednesday, they shouldn't worry about having to choose between seeing JT or watching World Cup match.

Before the second-round victory against Colombia, England had not won a knockout game at a major tournament since 2006, with the nadir arguably the defeat to Iceland at the European Championships just two years ago. We never want to be reactive, ...

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Croatia are wary of the threat posed by England captain Harry Kane, who is the tournament´s leading scorer with six goals so far.

Modric started that match at Wembley and remains integral to Croatia's game 11 years later, the captain having been widely hailed as one of the best players at the finals in Russian Federation.

However, Liverpool centre-back Lovren dismissed such fears.

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

"This is maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".

The England skipper has six goals to date in Russian Federation, putting him two clear in the Golden Boot race, and is on the verge of becoming just the third player to score on every day of the week for the Three Lions.

Hazard shone at times but Kevin De Bruyne was quiet and Manchester United striker Lukaku was a shadow of the player he had been earlier in the tournament, even though Belgium enjoyed most of the possession. "I just wish them all the very best of luck tonight".

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