We know they are a very proud nation, similar to Sweden: "their identity as a team is very strong so we have to be extremely well-prepared for the game and play at our top level to have a chance of winning". Croatia's most memorable victory over the Three Lions was the 3-2 win in 2009 at Wembley when Niko Kranjcar, Ivica Olic and Mladen Petric scored to knock England out of qualifying for Euro 2008. The last two rounds I picked against England and they won.
And the presence of French World Cup victor Thierry Henry on the Belgian coaching staff as one of Martinez's assistants adds extra spice to the occasion.
They were terrific in getting a two-goal lead against Brazil and then put in a mature second half display to hold off the fightback from their South American opponents.
As England fans await the team's semi-final World Cup game against Croatia, some fans have taken to wearing their support permanently on their bodies.
The most unpredictable and entertaining FIFA World Cup in recent memory wraps up this week, with just four matches left to be played.
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But DNA testing would, in theory, speed it up dramatically. 'Proper vetting for child safety is essential, ' he said. In those cases, protections are needed to make sure children are not handed over to adults seeking to exploit them.
"I wouldn't say there are any glaring weaknesses (in England's team) since they are in the semi-finals, that says it all".
How they got there Croatia after winning Group D with a 100 per cent record have had to grit their way through the knockout stages with penalty shoot-out wins over Denmark and hosts Russian Federation.
It's been over 600 days since Gareth Southgate took charge of his first England game.
"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and risky alongside Harry Kane", Dalic said in a press conference Sunday.
The Red Devils are also the tournament's top scorers with 14 goals so it is somewhat surprising to see Belgium chalked up at bigger than 2/1 for the win (they are 11/10 to qualify for the final).
After a pair of the quarterfinal matches played on July 6, team France enjoyed a confident defeat of 2-0 over Uruguay in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, while Belgium went for 2-1 win over the legendary Brazilian team in the city of Kazan.