Maybe that's why this squad seems unburdened by the weight of history or perhaps it was the complete lack of expectation of them going into the tournament - how else can you explain an England team that have come through a penalty shoot-out scare? We go 1-0 down, in danger of going home.
This will be England's first meeting with Croatia at a major tournament since the Euro 2004 group stage, when the Three Lions triumphed 4-2.
"They've got players all around the squad that are going to be hard opponents".
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"So we won't win the game just because Croatia had half an hour more football than us three days ago, we've got to win because we play better".
In between all the memes you might have noticed it is 28 years since England last contested a World Cup semi-final and a lot has changed since that night in Turin. "Like one heart, one soul. We know what's at stake and at such moments you forget fatigue you may feel because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity - it may never repeat itself again".
"This is an incredible result for a small country like Croatia".
Still, there are some exceptional players on show for both sides, including England skipper Harry Kane, the top scorer at the World Cup, and Croatia captain Luka Modric, arguably the best midfielder in the tournament.More news: Ozil should quit Germany, says father
Vida has quietly been one of the standout performers at this World Cup, and Croatia will be relieved he avoided a suspension for a rather ill-advised video published online after the win over Russian Federation.
- England has not beaten two European nations in a single World Cup since 1982, when it beat Czechoslovakia and France.
Pundit Paul Merson has told the Daily Star that he thinks Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren won't have slept well thinking about having to play against Harry Kane tonight. "That's why there haven't been many England fans here", said Mark Jowsey, 46, a butcher from Newcastle.
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Kane has scored six goals for England at the World Cup. - Croatia scored two headers in its last match against Russian Federation - only one of its previous 29 World Cup goals was scored via a header.