Gary Neville's World Cup predictions are very impressive in hindsight

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Gary Neville's World Cup predictions are very impressive in hindsight

Remembering exactly where he came from, Mario Mandzukic reportedly paid for the beers for fans watching the tense World Cup quarter final between Croatia and Russian Federation in his hometown.

England's last appearance at this stage was in 1990 when they lost in a penalty shootout to West Germany in Turin while eight years later, in their first World Cup as an independent nation, Croatia lost to hosts and eventual winners France.

France, who play Belgium in the first semi-final on Tuesday, are [3.05] favourites to win the World Cup. They are two great players, everyone knows that. If we had to play two big teams in close succession, that's very hard.

"They have been playing at an extremely high level for their clubs".

"We are very excited about England's success in the World Cup".

Vrsaljko's absence will come as a big boost for England manager Gareth Southgate and takes one of Croatia's most experienced defenders out of contention.

FIFA said it is "monitoring the situation concerning Mr. Vrbanovic as it expects all officials and member associations involved in the 2018 FIFA World Cup to abide by the core values of fair play and protect the image of football".

A great way to get in on the action is to bet and see if your predictions hold up. I felt something unusual in my knee and after talking with the doctor on the sideline we decided I should come off.

Modric will feature in a midfield that consists of the likes of Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, while Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Mateo Kovacic and Dejan Lovren are just some of the names in a Croatian team expected to be England's toughest test yet.

"It could be said that we have the more experience", said Mandzukic at the Luzhniki Training Centre, where Croatia shifted their base from St Petersburg following their quarter-final shootout triumph against hosts Russian Federation. "But I do hope to talk about this World Cup with Croatia for years". "We need to keep going game by game".

"We have enough time to rest and prepare well", said Modric.

Riding on inspiration from Modric, Croatia looked to be the World Cup's best side during the group stages, their 3-0 thumping of Argentina being the highlight of that run. "We should continue to show that belief against Croatia - we've got a real chance".

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