England vs Croatia Start Time & Odds

Luka Modric

After making history with England's first-ever penalty-shootout win at a World Cup against Colombia, the Three Lions did what many of their predecessors would have failed to do-get through a quarter-final against a team of Sweden's calibre in relative comfort.

"I'm playing in the pro-am of the Scottish Open and we are teeing off at 1.30pm, so I'll be speeding up my amateur partners".

It is the first time since 1998 that the nation of little over four million people have reached this stage of the competition, after they eliminated Russian Federation in a penalty shoot-out at the weekend.

In England too, World Cup fever has been building with Gareth Southgate´s young team on the cusp of reaching the country´s first World Cup since they won it on home soil in 1966.

"We've played five hard games and I know they are exhausted but there can't be any excuses", he added.

"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".

"I'm rare breed. I'm an Englishman that doesn't drink tea, " he said.

Pubs, bars, gardens and public parks are preparing to host parties, arranged around the semi-final match against Croatia, which kicks off at 7pm BST.

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Former England manager Glenn Hoddle is concerned with Harry Kane's fitness ahead of Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against Croatia.

The Tottenham man, who wears the captain's armband for his country, is the top marksman in the tournament with six goals but in addition to his goal-scoring nous, Kane is also a willing runner and a very hard worker for his team. "It may repeat itself once, maybe never".

"I am perfectly ready and fit and I can say the same for my team-mates".

Against a worn out Croatian side that has been pushed to penalties in their past two games, England have a clear advantage and will look to Kane to make the most of it.

The last time England took on Croatia, they beat them 5-1 to bag a place in the 2010 World Cup. "Why didn't you ask me about when I played well? You're just nit-picking in terms of my performances".

"So we´re excited about the future but we also want to make the most of the opportunity we have tomorrow".

"I've got a amusing feeling that the momentum is so good, and, you know, especially now that we're all going to turn up with special Gareth waistcoats, and that can only help can't it", said fan Lee Walkup, 50.

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