England dreaming but Croatia set to provide biggest SWC test

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Meanwhile, social media has been awash with support for the England team with several videos of celebrations following the win over Sweden going viral.

The Three Lions' only worldwide title is the 1966 World Cup victory on home soil. The two teams last faced each other in World Cup qualifying in 2009, and both matches in that group went decisively to England - but that was almost a decade ago.

The center-back will be key to limiting England's threat from set pieces and will be a useful weapon in the opposition box, too.

He will have a central role to play against a Croatia side that relies heavily on the creativity of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Rakitic, who plays for Barcelona. England went down 3-4 to Croatia that snatched the country's chance of qualifying for Euro 2008.

Croatia, who became independent in the early 1990s, have reached the World Cup last four once before, in their debut World Cup appearance in 1998.

Croatia have shipped four goals in their last three matches, with Lovren playing a full part in two of those and coming on as a sub in the other.

"The biggest pressure came against Denmark in the round of 16 (which also went to extra-time and a penalty shootout)". Hopefully he has a quiet night [on Wednesday] and we'll try our best to make sure that happens.

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The Liverpool midfielder was taken off five minutes from the end of the last-eight victory over Sweden at the weekend due to a tight hamstring.

It might sound a stretch, but some England fans want matchday in Moscow dubbed "Waistcoat Wednesday" in tribute to manager Gareth Southgate, who has taken to wearing a waistcoat on the touch-line along with suit pants and a dress shirt and tie.

If Vrsaljko is ruled out then Dalic has two options, either bringing in specialist right-back Tin Jedvaj, who played against Iceland, or the more probable option of moving Domagoj Vida to right-back and bringing in the experienced Vedran Corluka to pair Dejan Lovren at centre back.

However, Kane's partner in attack, Raheem Sterling, has pace to burn and England's totem will be on hand to benefit if that causes problems for the Croatians.

Familiarity with the surroundings could give the Three Lions a slight edge in the nervous cauldron of a World Cup final but they won't be looking that far ahead.

"I've played against Modric a few times, he's probably one of the best players I've played against", said Henderson.

The captain was the man of the match again in the penalty shootout win over Russian Federation in Sochi at the weekend. One more for Kane and he will be out on his own as England's most prolific player at a single campaign.

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