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World Cup 2018: Modric reveals Croatia biggest concern ahead of England clash

"I think they're the toughest competition for us in the World Cup". "We should have killed the game before extra-time, but this is an awesome achievement for us, a dream come true".

"I just felt they had a little bit more quality in certain areas. It will be a battle again but I trust us, I have belief in us".

Vukojevic, a former Croatia global, published the video on social media after the match on Saturday in a move which was criticised by Russian politicians.

With such a modest population, they are the smallest country to get to a World Cup final since Uruguay back in 1950, and in the modern game it is a staggering achievement. "We were like lions out there tonight and we will be the same in the final".

Fourteen members of their squad are based in Europe's top five leagues - England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France - including Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic at Real Madrid, Ivan Rakitic at Barcelona and Mario Mandzukic at Juventus.

The match takes place in Moscow on Wednesday evening, and Dalic has warned his team should not be underestimated. "We have all of the requisites for that - we have a great team, backroom staff, coach, and I hope we will be able to make that extra step to reach the final".

"We are four million people, four million coaches and four million players", Dalic said ahead of the match against an England side backed by a nation of roughly 66 million people.

"The lads can come away from this tournament and be proud of what they've done, but at the end we did come up a little bit short".

And, if all else fails, Croatia can always go into a penalty shootout confident that they will come out as winners.

'The big teams are home.

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has said that his side will be wary of England's set-piece threat when the sides meet on Wednesday evening.

A promise: "If we win, all the team will dye our hair".