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Rita Gibson | 11 July, 2018, 22:33

Croatia's run to the World Cup semi-finals may be a surprise to some, but coach Zlatko Dalic said his players had always been among the best in the world and are ready to go down in history as another golden generation when they face England on Wednesday.

Sterling was a key part of the Manchester City side that won the Premier League last season but he has been less effective in England's charge to the last four for the first time since 1990.

Croatia will now face England on Wednesday evening at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow with a place in the World Cup final at stake.

With a team featuring Davor Suker, Zvonimir Boban and Robert Prosinecki wearing blue shirts with a distinctive red and white chequerboard pattern, they beat World Cup giants Germany 3-0 in the quarter-finals in France, sparking delirium at home.

"If we had England's money, who knows where we'd be in our country?"

Croatia have needed penalties to get through the last two rounds against Denmark and hosts Russian Federation while England swept Sweden aside after downing Colombia in a last-16 shoot-out.

"It's completely irrelevant to talk about one or other defeat against Tottenham".

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic gave her U.S. counterpart Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May Croatia jerseys Wednesday ahead of the World Cup semi-final against England.

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Kane has scored six goals so far, and is two goals clear in the race for the Golden Boot award.

The challenge posed by Croatia is likely to be more demanding, especially as Zlatko Dalic's side features one of the best midfield pairings around, in Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

But Dalic said: "I don't think England had easy opponents, they made it look easy".

He ended the tournament with three goals to his name, scoring in the opening game win over the Saudis, the subsequent game against Egypt and a penalty to level the scores against Spain in the shock last 16 win. "He's one of the great (England) threats but he is not alone".

While semi-final excitement reaches fever pitch at home, what is it like to be an Englishman living in Croatia?

"This is already big, but we can do more".

Dalic has managed to get the best out of his players so far as they cruised through the group stage with three wins out of three games, including a win over Argentina.

"He has minor issues but we have a huge game tomorrow". He congratulated us on a very good game.

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