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"I think Raheem has been fundamental to the way that we have played - his movement, the positions he takes up, his pressing of the ball, his work-rate for the team, the winning of free kicks and corners, his speed to stretch teams".

In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Croatia boast two of the finest midfielders in world football, a fact not lost on fellow schemer Henderson. If we are right collectively and defensively then individuals don't matter.

En route to the semi-final, Croatia have scored in every game so far, netting at least two in four of their five (three in normal time) with eight unique goalscorers, the second highest at the tournament behind Belgium (nine).

"They've got players all around the squad that are going to be hard opponents". England are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you have to respect that.

A similarly masterful performance from the 32-year-old could spell the end of England's World Cup hopes in what is set to be a hard game for both sides.

Right-back Sime Vrsaljko came off in extra-time during Croatia's quarterfinal victory over Russian Federation and faces a race against time to be fit for the match against England tomorrow.

Lovren has been a defensive rock for Croatia at this tournament, however, and with his partner Domagoj Vida will be confident of shackling Kane and preventing him from adding to his tally of six goals at the tournament.

With 14 goals in his last 11 games for England, Kane will not be short of confidence as he searches for his seventh World Cup goal, which would be the most scored by anyone at a single tournament since Ronaldo in 2002.

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Kane managed just one shot in that 2-0 success but will relish facing a Croatia defence that have conceded four goals in their last three games, failing to keep a clean sheet in any of them.

"Gareth's sideline style has meant our waistcoats are really scoring with our customers, with sales doubling since the World Cup began", said a spokeswoman for retailer Marks & Spencer.

"It's been a long season, but you play in a World Cup semi-final once in a lifetime and there's no point giving up now". After winning Group D, Croatia beat Denmark and Russian Federation in penalty kicks to get to this point, while England knocked out Colombia in the round of 16 in penalties before taking down Sweden in the quarterfinals. "We've talked about how important it is to have that spirit".

"I've played against Modric a few times and he's a world-class player, probably one of the best I've played against".

But he is certainly well aware of the threat that Croatia pose in the center of the field.

"But the feel of this group of players is very similar to the player we had [in 1996]".

The captain was the man of the match again in the penalty shootout win over Russian Federation in Sochi at the weekend.

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