#WorldCup - Croatia vs England preview

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Croatia looked a little vulnerable in the second half against Denmark and then conceded a set-piece against Russian Federation.

England manager Gareth Southgate says he is not about to change his team's approach for Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against Croatia, saying he wants the "same again" from his young side. Each side has won two of the four meetings since then, which includes England's infamous 3-2 defeat at in November 2007, which saw it miss out on a Euro 2008 spot and led to the departure of boss Steve McClaren.

There are a number of key battles that may well decide the game; how John Stones copes with the physicality of Mario Mandzukic will be one, as will how Jordan Henderson can cope playing against Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

But Young, who turned 33 on Monday, says it would be futile to focus all their efforts on stopping Modric instead of focusing on the qualities that have brought England this far. "We know what it takes and in such moments you forget any fatigue you may feel", said the 29-year-old Liverpool player. "We can't concentrate too much on them, we have to concentrate on ourselves and that's exactly what we will be doing going into the game".

The BBC says one of the two videos in which Vida appeared was posted online after Croatia beat host Russian Federation for the right to play in the semi-final against England.

England and Croatia rested several of their big players in their last group matches to protect them for the knockout stages.

"We have strength and we're united on the pitch", the Barcelona star told FIFA TV.

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 think Croatia has a great mentality, a fantastic midfield player to control the game and the possession of the game".

Fans in Paris celebrate France's victory against Belgium in the World Cup semi-finals. - England has scored 11 goals at this year's World Cup, tying its record from the victorious 1966 tournament.

Wednesday's game will see Lovren reacquainted with Kane, who has carried his prolific form in the Premier League to Russian Federation and is the leading scorer at the tournament with six goals. But Croatia-led by Real Madrid's Luka Modric-might prove a hard opponent. But what I can assure you is that yes, we have some energy left to deal with England.

England have also conceded four goals. The two countries are scheduled to face off in a World Cup semifinal matchup scheduled for Wednesday.

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