talkSPORT looks ahead to the second semi-final clash on Wednesday night
It’s here. The day of England’s first World Cup semi-final in 28 years. talkSPORT will be bringing you all the build up in Russia and live commentary from 7pm.
Gareth Southgate’s side have shocked the nation, and most of the world, to get this far in the tournament.
The Three Lions are aiming to reach their first final since that fateful day in 1966, but Croatia will promise to be challenging opponents.
Having defeated both Denmark in the round-of-16 and Russia in the quarter-finals on penalties, Croatia have shown they have the resilience needed to make it all the way in tournament football.
So what will the outcome be when the two teams clash on Wednesday evening? You can find out live on talkSPORT at 7pm.
What the managers are saying
Zlatko Dalic (Croatia): “After 20 years we are back where we belong. I’m sure we deserved it. I can not imagine what would happen if Croatia were the world champions. Probably no one would work for days!”
Gareth Southgate (England): “This team is nowhere near the level they’re going to be capable of, partly because of their age, but also because they’ll have more big-match experiences over the next few years with their clubs and with us. We are excited about the future but we want to make the most of this opportunity as well.”
What the players are saying
Sime Vrsaljko (Croatia): “I felt something strange in my knee and after talking with the doctors, we decided to leave the game. It’s nothing terrible, but I’m afraid and I hope that I will be able to recover before the game against England.”
Jordan Henderson (England): “I think we’re just concentrating on what we want to do and what we want to create. We’ve obviously done OK so far but we want to keep going. We took each game by game and we’ll continue to do that. There’s no need to make it bigger than what it already is. We need to focus on the job at hand.”
How can I listen?
Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT.
England have no injury worries as Jamie Vardy, the only doubt, appears to be fit enough to play despite a groin problem.
Croatia have issues over the fitness of goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and right-back Sime Vrsaljko. The former is expected to be fit to play, but the latter will reportedly miss out with Vedran Corluka replacing him in the starting line-up.
Croatia: Subasic; Corluka, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Rakitic, Modric, Rebic, Kramaric, Perisic; Mandzukic
England: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Lingard, Henderson, Alli, Young; Sterling, Kane
Source : TalkSport