Luka Modric shines again but team mates must do more

Russian fans left heartbroken as Croatia dumps the host nation out the 2018 World Cup

They trudged off the pitch after making it to the quarter-final for the first time in 48 years.

Asked about potential weaknesses in the England team, Dalic, who only took over as coach in October, replied: "I wouldn't say there are any glaring weaknesses - they are in the semi-finals, that says it all".

Liverpool and Tottenham stars will face off for Croatia and England.

The absence of Vrsaljko could now leave Croatia's right-hand side vulnerable, with Ashley Young, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard more than capable of exposing a weakened back line.

The toll both games have taken on the Croatia squad was evident at the end of extra time against the hosts with several players sprawled out on the turf at full-time. The national team's unexpected run to the quarterfinals sparked a surge of support from fans who had been mostly indifferent before the World Cup started.

That caution is disappointing but if there is a silver lining for Dalic, it is that his team once again showed the mental strength to win on penalties - a not inconsiderable feat in front of a partisan 44,000 crowd in Sochi.

President Vladimir Putin did not attend the game, but watched remotely, saying the players were heroes despite the defeat and the country was proud of them, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was cited as saying by Interfax. "We did not want to risk some passes that would tip the balance in our favour".

'We have two matches to play and we are very motivated.

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The center-back will be key to limiting England's threat from set pieces and will be a useful weapon in the opposition box, too. Croatia topped a tough group, winning all three games.

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"He has minor issues, but we have a huge game tomorrow".

Russian Federation are the first host nation to have been eliminated at the quarterfinals stage of a World Cup in 32 years.

"We have already accomplished something but this team can do more", he said.

This followed it up with a 3-1 win over Mohamed Salah's Egypt proving that the opening win was not just some flash in the pane.

"They have been playing at an extremely high level for their clubs". It also forced England to rethink and make new strategies.

"I've been involved in all of those plans", said Southgate during the pre-match press conference on Tuesday. "Maybe we can change something".

Going past Croatia and beyond, though, would be the greatest reward.

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