Mario Mandzukic: Croatia have what it takes to surprise England keeper Pickford

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"We have some margin to get even better", 1France coach Didier Deschamps, the 1998 World Cup-winning captain, said.

The ponytailed 29-year-old shouted "Glory to Ukraine!" in a video posted by former Croatia global Ognjen Vukojevic shortly after the match.

Russian Federation is hosting its first-ever FIFA World Cup, with the final set to be played at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

The 32-year-old played all 120 minutes inside the Fisht Olympic stadium as Croats were taken to penalties and set up a semi-final match with England in Moscow.

Classy midfield operator Modric has plenty of experience of English football having played in the Premier League for Spurs between 2008-2012, before moving to Real Madrid where he has won four Champions League titles in the last five seasons. "It's a pity we are out of this tournament but I am very proud of my team", said Muscovite Alexander Khramoichenkov.

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Following in the footsteps of the 1998 World Cup heroes, where Croatia finished third, Mandzukic believes the current squad has the flawless mix of experience and youth to handle the big occasion.

"He shows great potential and I'm sure he has a bright future".

Schumacher was involved in the first ever World Cup tie to be decided on penalties as Germany beat France in the 1982 semifinals although he should have earlier been sent off for a notorious challenge on French forward Patrick Battiston.

There is little prospect that they would have come this far without Modric, who as a boy was forced to flee his village home after his grandfather was killed by Serb forces in the Croatian independence war.

The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked team in the tournament at No. 70, were trying to make it to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the Soviet Union finished fourth at the 1966 tournament in England.

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"We know them well". They lost the shootout 4-3.

Vida, 29, headed Croatia in front in extra time, only for his effort to be cancelled out by Russia's Mario Fernandes in the dying embers of a thrilling encounter.

"We took a hard route. That in future we talk about them", said Blazevic, now 83, and known in Croatia as the "coach of all coaches". The die-hard football fanatic had earlier met the (former) Argentinan team in the U.S., former French great Robert Pires, Brazilian footballer Kaka and he feels blessed.

But if Modric can rouse himself to control another match against England, they have every chance.

"I hope we can outdo them".

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