Cüneyt Çakır has managed a World Cup semi-final before, officiating the 2013 match between Netherlands and Argentina.
England will grind to a halt for the 1800 GMT kickoff at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, with an estimated 30 million people across Britain expected to watch on TV and hundreds of thousands more cramming into pubs and public viewing areas to follow the game. In the US, it also will be available for live stream for authenticated users on Foxsports.com and the Fox Sports App.
Lovren has featured in all five of Croatia's World Cup games so far and played the entirely of the team's two knockout fixtures with Denmark and Russian Federation that went to a penalty shootout after 120 minutes of play.
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But he is hopeful he has recovered well ahead of the semi-final against Croatia tonight. England has four wins, two losses and one draw in the matchup, including a 4-2 victory in the group stage of the 2004 European Championship.
The win sent tens of thousands of French fans pouring onto the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris in scenes of joy last seen when France won the World Cup two decades ago.
Manager Gareth Southgate and England are ready to face the music.
"Biggest win in the tournament".
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As Francona explained after the game, the mishap occurred when he called the bullpen to start warming up the next reliever. Not that [Otero] can't get the job done; just wasn't the right matchup". "I've got to be responsible for that".
When the song first was released, the chorus proclaimed "Three lions on a shirt/Jules Rimet still gleaming/Thirty years of hurt/never stopped me dreaming". We keep looking to break the barriers down.
"They have a lot of quality, they play well, well organised and a physically strong, but we are also aware of our quality".
A similarly masterful performance from the 32-year-old could spell the end of England's World Cup hopes in what is set to be a hard game for both sides.
Croatia extended their reign with another penalty shootout victory over Russian Federation in the quarter-finals, but could lose out to Gareth Southgate's men tonight.
While Croatia possess arguably the best central midfield pairing in the tournament in the shape of 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.
JUST SAYING Croatia: "It won't be easy for us".
We already know that we'll have new world champions come Sunday night with Germany having long gone home and unable to defend their title but Croatia are already defending the unofficial world title. We're here to play football, enjoy ourselves and give our all.
"He was a constant threat to Sweden, of course he hasn't scored the goals he would have liked to have scored but for myself and the players he has been a crucial part of the way that we have been playing", he said. We have not been exhausted.