Winners of England vs Croatia will be 'unofficial world champions'

Scott Carson looks stunned after his early error

Scott Carson looks stunned after his early error

Croatia have yet to lose at this summer's World Cup, having blitzed through the group stage with wins over Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland, before edging past Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties.

"I'm a little bit anxious about Harry Kane".

The second semi-final between England and Croatia will start at 6am tomorrow.

The Swedes had been quietly impressive throughout the tournament and looked set to nullify England's attacking threat with their organisation and solidity, but Gareth Southgate's side broke through their defences and held on to secure passage to the final four. Fortunes favored the Croatians in the previous meetings, with goalkeeping howlers from both Paul Robinson and Scott Carson responsible for a pair of separate defeats in 2006 and 2007 - the latter of which forced former England coach Steve McClaren out of his job.

"Of course, it's not the same if you play two 90-minute matches and two 120-minute matches, but I still believe we have had ample time to recover and we are professional enough to know who needs what with what kind of recovery".

Gareth Southgate's England side are hoping their young legs can carry them past a Croatia team who have endured two penalty shootouts in a row.

France players celebrate Samuel Umtiti's goal.

WORLD CUP HISTORY In England's last semifinal match, Andreas Brehme's 60th-minute shot deflected off an onrushing Paul Parker at the penalty arc and looped over goalkeeper Peter Shilton to put West Germany ahead.

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"We can feel the energy and the support from home and it's a very special feeling and a privilege for us", Southgate said on Tuesday.

"I am perfectly ready and fit and I can say the same for my team-mates. It may repeat itself once, maybe never".

Russia's Ministry of Communications said the number of applications by Britons for World Cup fan identity documents increased by over 29 percent, or by 6,300 applications, since July 7.

The World Cup final is Sunday in Moscow at 11 AM ET/8 AM PT.

Croatia relied on penalty shootouts to advance in their round of 16 tie with Denmark, as well as their quarter-final date with Russian Federation, which suggests that they have the collective concentration to last 120 minutes, as well as the cool-headedness to maintain composure during penalties.

Hazard shone at times but Kevin De Bruyne was quiet and Manchester United striker Lukaku was a shadow of the player he had been earlier in the tournament, even though Belgium enjoyed most of the possession.

But each team has more than just historical precedent to play for. "Like one heart, one soul", Rakitic said.

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