England must make their semi-final with Croatia a Premier League match

Croatia's Ivan Rakitic celebrating with goalkeeper Danijel Subasic after scoring the decisive penalty in the shootout

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.

The Manchester City forward came in for some criticism again following Saturday's win over Sweden, with his worldwide goal drought close to three years now.

Like England, France have won one World Cup, and also like England it took place on home soil.

These were: Russian Federation would beat Saudi Arabia; France would beat Australia; England would beat Tunisia; Brazil and Switzerland to draw and Iran to beat Morocco (their first win at a world cup finals since 1998).

Sterling celebrates with his teammates during England's win over Sweden. He scored on his full MK Dons debut, has netted against all of the Premier League's top six clubs and also Real Madrid, and marked his first start for England with a goal.

"He deserves all the accolades he gets from the media and public".

This will be England's third appearance at the semi-final stage of the World Cup and their first in 28 years.

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Belgium beat Brazil 2-1 in Sochi on Friday night, and are now the most likely team to take home the trophy, with a 32.6% chance of winning, according to Goldman.

The coach of the 1998 side, Jaroslav Ciro Blazevic, said for a long time he did not want any other team to match his players' achievements. Despite losing to Croatia, all members of the Russian team are being recognized as national heroes.

Now they are looking to go one step further, but just getting this far is a source of great pride for Croatia.

"We took a hard route".

Sue Boor, head of marketing at The Lexicon says: "With tennis and football fever taking over the whole country we are excited to welcome families to The Lexicon to enjoy these fabulous sporting matches".

"We don't really have much time to rest, after two 120 minutes battles, we are physically and emotionally exhausted", Vrsaljko told HNTV.

"They've raised a very significant amount of money in that time and we're grateful to everyone involved".

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