This time around, we could see the stars play, or we could see some more reserves to get some guys some minutes, and that makes picking here hard.
"No way will they have such an easy route next time".
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"We are deservedly in the final", Croatia coach Dalic said.
Ivan Perisic said his equalizer that helped Croatia come from behind to beat England 2-1 after extra time and reach the World Cup final was a goal that "he could only dream of" as a child.
As if the Croats didn't have enough challenges, now they have to worry about playing again in front of an openly hostile crowd in the 81,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium.
The aura around England could not be more different to the stale, disunited air that accompanied them away from France two years ago.More news: ‘We’re not prisoners’: German FM berates Trump for ‘Russia captives’ remark
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had an outstanding tournament, making a crucial penalty save in the shoot-out win against Colombia and performing with distinction against Sweden and Croatia.
Kieran Trippier has been a revelation as a defender and creator while Harry Maguire's "man of the people" persona has gone hand in hand with rapid development as an England defender.
Croatian Goran Ivanisevic owns one of the most unlikely sports stories of recent years after he won Wimbledon in 2001 despite being a wildcard entry. The average age of the English squad was under 26, the joint-youngest in the World Cup tournament, and only three of the current players - Ashley Young, Jamie Vardy, and Gary Cahill - are over 30. But that cloud has a silver lining: The England team is already in a fantastic position for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Croatia have multiple injury concerns heading into Wednesday's clash in Moscow, with right-back Sime Vrsaljko the main worry due to a knee injury, while goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was also hurt against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals.More news: Baby Dies After North Dakota Tornado Flips Trailer
But the third-place match can hold some surprises: The record for the fastest goal in World Cup history still belongs to Turkey's Hakan Sukur, who buried one 11 seconds into the third-place game against South Korea in 2002.