Comeback kings Croatia have unfinished business at the World Cup

Luka Modric admitted Croatia were shattered after they ended Russia's World Cup hopes in another penalty shootout on Saturday to advance to a semi-final against England.

Dalic's team looked exhausted as they laboured against hosts Russian Federation for 120 minutes on Saturday before they advanced via a shoot-out success for the second time in a week.

Midfielder Modric said the team had been motivated by people saying they would be "tired" after their previous two matches went to penalty shootouts.

CEO Brigid Simmonds said: "It's fantastic news for both English football and the Great British pub".

Just three epic games to play (and one "well we may as well while we're here" encounter) - until Russian Federation 2018 announces its ultimate victor; Vladimir Putin, aside. We're giving our all.

"I also leave my thanks to every Brazilian that supported us from beginning to end, thank you very much".

"It was wonderful because all the allies were cheering for all of us, mostly", she said.

"I insisted that I can not teach these players football, they play fantastic football already".

'They have a young, alive, attacking team.

Croatia, despite being the "home" team, will wear their black and blue away strip.

England comes in with 40.3 per cent of the vote - the majority among the four teams - ahead of Belgium's 28.67 per cent, Croatia at 19.32 per cent and France's 11.71 per cent.

Croatia captain Luka Modric was extremely critical of the English media and pundits for downplaying and writing off his side even before the semi-final match with England had begun.

The result saw Croatia reach a first World Cup final, where France await in Sunday's decider in Moscow.

Croatia are the smallest nation to reach a World Cup final since Uruguay in 1950, as well as the lowest ranked ever (20th).

  • Leroy Wright