England vs. Croatia semifinal odds, lines, expert picks, and best insider predictions

England vs. Croatia semifinal odds, lines, expert picks, and best insider predictions

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What England can not do is let this chance pass them by as while Croatia are a decent team, they are not world beaters and their presence in this semi-final presents Gareth Southgate and his players with an incredible chance to reach a World Cup final.

England are favorites to progress to their first World Cup final in 52 years, with William Hill offering odds of 13/10 on the Three Lions to win in 90 minutes, while Croatia are 5/2 and the draw is 2. It appeared to take a deflection off Kyle Walker's heel, but a goal kick was given, ending the Croatian threat.

It is the first time since 1998 that the nation of just over four million people have reached this stage, after they eliminated Russian Federation in a penalty shootout at the weekend. While they haven't faced any of the tournament's big hitters yet, they have displayed the kind of carefree attitude that always escaped their predecessors. First knockout win for 10 years.

Right back Sime Vrsaljko limped off during the quarterfinal win over host Russian Federation and goalkeeper Danijel Subasic had a hamstring injury during extra time but remained in the match.

"We've made several pieces of history", England manager Gareth Southgate told BBC Sport. "It's been an enjoyable journey, and we want to keep it going".

Croatia vs. Russian Federation final score, recap
And in the extra session, it looked like Croatia was well on their way to the victory and avoiding penalty kicks. Russian Federation have recalled Denis Cheryshev for their World Cup quarter-final clash with Croatia .

While Croatia possess arguably the best central midfield pairing in the tournament in Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, Southgate's language does not indicate he is about to bring in Eric Dier as an additional defensive midfielder alongside Jordan Henderson.

"England are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you have to respect that", he said.

If both coaches are honest, they will admit that before Russian Federation 2018 started, they would not have anticipated reaching this stage. There has been a lot of speculation as to whether Croatia will be tired from having to play two 120-mins + penalties.

"We're exhausted but there can be no excuses", he was quoted as saying by The Guardian. I felt something unusual in my knee and after talking with the doctor on the sideline we decided I should come off.

"But if we're ready to give our all on the pitch like we did when we played Argentina, if we will be compact, then I don't believe that there will be problems". "There is still opportunity for us to exhaust ourselves".

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