Zlatko Dalic says Croatia's World Cup progress is no surprise

Rakitic on Modric

Belgium has scored 14 goals in five matches and was hugely impressive in their 2-1 quarter-final victory over Brazil, with Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne combining to devastating effect to oust the five-times world champions.

Henderson is among those to have quietened the doubters this summer, with the Liverpool captain shining in a side that is now preparing to line up at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.

"Since it has been independent, Croatia has always had a good team, but this is still the best, Even with a steady stream of talent coming through, this Croatia team appears blessed with a special blend".

"We trusted ourselves. We could only prove our worth by working hard", Cherchesov said.

Modric added: "Honestly, individual awards are not important for me".

"Unbelievable!. I can't believe that we have again won in the same way".

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. "We want to bring a medal home and see how it shines".

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But their performances gave Russian players instant national hero's status and the country the right to be proud of a run no one had expected less than a month ago.

"It's down to us as a team".

"We are four million people, four million coaches and four million players".

"That's what I have a focus on".

England's last appearance at this stage was in 1990 when they lost in a penalty shootout to West Germany in Turin while eight years later, in their first World Cup as an independent nation, Croatia lost to hosts and eventual winners France. "They found a way to win, and then against the hosts as well". Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic have shone brightly for their team and will hope to continue doing so. "I think Croatia will win, 1-0", said Forbes. "But, at the end of the day, Dejan is a fantastic defender".

"He's suffered a lot of a criticism but he's bounced back so well". It is the 2006 World Cup and we are playing Spain in the round of 16. "I actually remember one story about him but I will keep it to myself". A great character off the field and in the dressing room.

"There's an endless stream of messages on WhatsApp and Instagram and no way to tell everyone, "Thank you for the kind words", he wrote on his official Instagram page.

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