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Croatia stand in the way of England making their first World Cup final since 1966 as the two teams meet in an intriguing Moscow semi-final.

The victor in Wednesday's semifinal match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will return there for a final on Sunday against France, which beat Belgium 1-0 in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

Like England, France have won one World Cup, and also like England it took place on home soil.

"The images that we are now seeing from all parts of Croatia suggest that the nationalist frenzy has begun, and everyday life is being subordinated to football", says Dario Brentin, a researcher at the University of Graz, who is now working on a thesis titled "Sport and Nationalism in Post-Socialist Croatia". "We are going to play England in the League of Nations (in October) and we don't have a proper stadium to play that game". "I think we're paying back France for '98 and look at those people, they're celebrating".

"We knew what was at stake and how important the semi-final is for a small country like Croatia", Perisic added.

"We could have been eliminated against Denmark [in the last 16]".

"There were questions over Sime Vrsaljko but our right-back trained normally and could be ready", they stated below an image of the player in training.

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Neither team came to Russian Federation being heralded as favourites but they have produced performances throughout the competition which have shown they were underestimated by the pundits.

But Croatia still lacks a major national team title, and this World Cup is seen as the last chance for this golden generation which apart from Modric includes Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic (33), Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic (32) and Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic (30).

The French players danced on the field after their victory but toned it down slightly to shake hands with Thierry Henry, who helped Les Bleus win the World Cup in 1998 and is now Belgium's assistant coach.

The first half of Wednesday's game had Croatia lagging behind 0-1 after a goal from England's Kevin Trippier only five minutes in.

"We are deservedly in the final", he said. "We worked hard. I scored but we delivered a good match and I'm very proud of everyone".

"France were in the final of the Euros - nearly they are used to being in these sort of big games, and I thought we coped with that side really well, so I don't want any of my players to be frustrated, disappointed".

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