Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how England's Three Lions defeated Sweden 2-0 margin courtesy of two headed goals from Harry Maguire's 30th minute and Dele Alli's 59th minute during Saturday's quarterfinal fixture to book passage into the semifinals of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.
Croatia will now face England on Wednesday in Moscow and after two long and tiring games they will surely start as heavy-legged underdogs.
England survived a penalty shootout against Colombia in the last 16 whereas Croatia emerged through extra time and spot-kicks against Denmark before going through the same ordeal again against Russian Federation in Saturday's quarterfinal.
England were drawn against Croatia in qualifying for Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 with these two different campaigns producing wildly different results.
Team manager Stanislav Cherchesov, who guided his team into the quarter-finals, expressed his gratitude to Russian supporters and promised to deliver an even better performance at the 2020 World Cup in Qatar. Defensively they're getting better throughout the tournament with Hugo Lloris getting rid of his mistakes, plus Varane and Umtiti a fine central defensive partnership.
That was the only year the Croatians advanced past the group stage before this tournament.
At that point, Zlatko Dalic's side looked headed for the last four, before Fernandes headed home the leveller.
"We want more", he said. All of their stars are playing well with Romelu Lukaku a beast, Eden Hazard buzzing around and Kevin De Bruyne leading stunning counter attacks. Both players are capable of unlocking defences with moments of great skill.
"To score four goals is good, but if the team doesn't go forward, it's meaningless".
Belgium faced a heart-stopping moment of uncertainty in the first knockout round against Japan when Martinez's decision to rest players in their final group match against England nearly backfired spectacularly. What I would like is the England from before, but now they are very strong and we have to respect them.
"He [Kane] is top scorer - he's not easy to stop". You may also be aware that perennial under-achievers England have somehow managed to secure a spot in the semi-finals - for the first time since 1990, when England lost to West Germany.