Croatia's Sime Vrsaljko out of semi-final against England through injury

2018 World Cup final

The 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinalists. Getty Images

The unfortunate pair will for ever be haunted by the terrible moment they missed the penalties which condemned England to the role of runners-up in a dazzling and ultimately cruel World Cup semi-final here.

The only predictions that Neville has gotten wrong so far are Portugal to beat Uruguay, Switzerland to overcome Sweden and Spain advancing against hosts Russian Federation in their round of 16 fixtures.

Bilic believes a constant theme in Croatian national sides is they up their game against the historically bigger sides, thus their low key performances against Denmark and Russian Federation, beating both on penalties, should be disregarded.

Lady Elsie said: "Bob would be thrilled by the progress of this talented England team".

England take on Croatia on Wednesday in what is the biggest worldwide football fixture for the nation in years, with a potential date with either France or Belgium in Sunday's final.

Goldman has used machine learning to simulate how it thinks the World Cup will play out, but has frequently adjusted its forecasts because of the unpredictable nature of the tournament.

England did not have an overly hard route to the semi-final but they have overcome every obstacle they faced with some solid performances.

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The Croatian midfielders have been in imperious form throughout the tournament and will pose a significant threat to the Three Lions during their semi-final clash on Wednesday.

A narrow 1-0 win for England, probably from another set-piece, puts Gareth Southgate's men in the final. They were runners-up to Italy in the 2006 World Cup hosted by Germany.

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic said on Sunday that he respects England's team but his players are not afraid of anyone.

I expect the teams to be evenly matched, giving viewers an exciting semi-final. "We need to go out on a real high, these players deserve that".

Although England still have to beat Croatia, the entire country is crossing their fingers and singing "It's coming home" in support. But before they didn't have any pressure.

"They have raised a very significant amount of money in that time and we are grateful to everyone involved".

The biggest question mark now surrounds the fitness of a team who have gone the full distance in their last two matches and had several players struggling with injuries against Russian Federation.

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