The winner of this match will face the French team in the top game. France qualified to the final after a 1-0 victory over Belgian national team thanks to a Samuel Umtiti goal.
The success of Croatia and England advanced to the 2018 World Cup semifinal round is not separated from the position of the coach behind him.
Zlatko Dalic (Croatia) and Gareth Southgate (England) had no previous international experience. This means that the 2018 World Cup will be their debut in the inter-country competition stage as coach.
Zlatko Dalic has been appointed coach since October 2017. At the time, Dalic had 12 players with Rihaha winning, one draw, and two losing.
Dalic’s flagship formation is 4-2-3-1 which comes from two central midfielders as a game axis. Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic became two of Dalic’s key players at the time.
This is evident because of some games in the 2018 World Cup, Luka Modric has won three matches Match Player.
Meanwhile, Southgate officially handled England as the lead coach in November 2016. Southgate recorded 12 wins, four draws and three defeats.
At the start of his coaching, Southgate implemented a four-defender strategy until the qualifying semester ended.
Southgate then switched to using three defender formations from November 2017 to the World Cup this time. This strategy proved successful maximizing the role of Harry Kane who plotted as a center forward.
Until the semifinals, Kane is still leading the list of top scorers or top scorer of the tournament with a collection of six goals.
Here is an interesting fact match Croatia versus England:
This is the 8th meeting of both teams. England took a little lead with a record of four wins, while Croatia only two. The last meeting in the official tournament was at the 2004 European Cup, when England won 4-2 in the group phase.
Croatia will play in their second World Cup semi-final throughout history. The last time Croatia competed in the semi-finals was at the 1998 World Cup and lost to hosts France.
A total of 8 of England’s 11 goals scored at the 2018 World Cup were created through a dead ball scheme.
In the 2018 World Cup, Croatia has eight players who have scored. Croatia only lost one from Belgium.
England have only lost two of their last 30 games since the 2014 World Cup. England scored 22 wins and six draws.
Zlatko Dalic (Croatia): “We have a wonderful memory at the 1998 World Cup. Our players have done a good job, and we will try this time.We respect England, Belgium and France but our team is better than the three teams, ”
Gareth Southgate (England): “We’ve had enough training for this fight and now we focus on strengthening our mentality and reducing practice in the field, I do not want the players to lose stamina.For this match the energy and mental match must be balanced,
Croatia: Danijel Subasic; Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic; Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic; Ante Rebic, Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic; Mario Mandzukic
England: Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Kieran Trippier, Dele, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane.