In the latest Croatia news, boss Zlatko Dalic has insisted that his players will still have enough in the tank to beat England.
The Vatreni booked their place in the last four of the World Cup courtesy of Saturday’s win over Russia but it was far from easy as, just like against Denmark, they were forced all the way to penalties.
All looked well for the Croatians after winning their three Group D matches but they have stuttered in the knockout rounds and will be keen to rediscover some of their previous fluency ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Moscow.
Croatia are 5/2 to beat England with Betfair but their path to the last four has inevitably prompted suggestions that they may struggle to compete with Gareth Southgate’s energetic young side.
The Three Lions themselves went all the way before overcoming Colombia via spot-kicks but seemed extremely sprightly in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Sweden.
Dalic will now be in charge of making sure his players recover in time for their big outing at the Luzhniki Stadium.
The 51-year-old is confident his side will be fresh for their country’s second World Cup semi-final, especially as he feels they have as good a chance as anyone of winning it.
“Of course there is some power left for the English,” he told a post-match press conference. “We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game. We have two matches to play and we are very motivated. We’re giving our all. It will be a battle again but I trust us, I have belief in us.
“There are no favourites in this World Cup – every game is 50-50 and you have to fight it out. The big teams are home. Those who are hard-working, compact, united, well-organised, they are here in Russia. This is the character of the four teams remaining in the tournament.”