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The captain of the Croatian national team Luka Modric

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Modric, who will on Sunday lead Croatia into their first ever World Cup final, suggested his team had set out to prove a point after noting unfavourable views aired by critics prior to Wednesday's match.

World Cup 2022 held in Qatar, the coach of Russia Stanislav Cherchesov has promised football fans a great result at the championship.

"They found reserves of energy from somewhere and just got control of the game".

Yet Dalic does not fear fatigue being a factor for his players in Moscow on Wednesday night.

Dalic, however, said there was plenty left in the tank.

Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic were Croatia's danger men in their match against England, they have been all through the tournament. We are very motivated and will give our all. "I'm not sure how it affected him".

'They have a young, alive, attacking team. "The only wish I have is to lift the cup for Croatia".

But Dalic has drawn confidence from his team's ability to nullify Lionel Messi and Christian Eriksen earlier in the tournament.

Although Russia made it further at this year's World Cup than most anyone expected, it was Croatia that advanced to the semifinals with a 4-3 shootout victory Saturday following a 2-2 draw.

"Twenty years ago I was back at home in my hometown and I rooted for Croatia wearing the Croatia jersey". It's a dream come true for us after such a long time.

Messages and videos of support have flooded in for the Croatian football team ahead of their crucial World Cup semi-final clash against England tonight.

The 32-year-old has led Croatia to the cusp of World Cup glory after emphatically pulling the strings in each of his nation's games in Russian Federation, ensuring he is one of the favourites to be handed the Golden Ball at the conclusion of the tournament.

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