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For a country like Croatia, with a population of little over four million, to be in the semi-finals of the World Cup is a remarkable achievement.

Belgium, loaded with talent, but still looking for their first title on the biggest stage in football, will be no push-overs.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has said his side can cope with Harry Kane in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against England.

Croatia are not thought to have any injury concerns for the match, with all players available for Monday's training session, which attracted a huge media scrum including more than two dozen camera teams. "However, I do hope to talk about Croatia and this World Cup for years".

Belgium also seems to have grown from its World Cup 2014 and Euro 2016 underachievements and is ready to take that great leap forward into the hallowed place of the final. I'm really happy with the coach and the players.

Gareth Southgate's men were not high on the list of pre-tournament favourites but knockout victories over Colombia and Sweden have left them one win from a first final appearance since 1966.

It's been the comedic undertone to a World Cup run bathed in belief by England fans around the world, but 2018 could indeed be the year football comes home.

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Before this year's installment, the Vatreni - in the midst of their own "Golden Generation" - had long-failed to replicate 1998's famed generation and shine on the global stage.

But having seen Croatia hold off Argentina superstar Lionel Messi and Denmark talisman Eriksen, conceding once in those two games, Dalic is optimistic they can do the same against Kane.

The Three Lions could have scored more goals from open play had Raheem Sterling showed more composure in front of goal.

Vedran Corluka Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Ivica Olic, who is an assistant coach in Russian Federation, were all part of that win in London 11 years ago.

Meanwhile England's best bet at a goal could come from a set-piece once again. The Three Lions have scored eight goals from such scenarios, more than any other side, and will take confidence knowing Russian Federation found the net in the same fashion.

It is expected that Croatia will shift center back Domagoj Vida into the right back slot, with former Tottenham defender Verdan Corluka slotting into the center of defense alongside Dejan Lovren.

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