England and Belgium to win

Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic is crucial to his nation's hopes

Another Subasic save, from Fedor Smolov, and a miss from Fernandes during the shoot-out saw the hosts knocked out and Croatia progress to only their second World Cup semi-final.

He hopes England will be more suited to their style of play, but added that recovering from two extended games will be hard.

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"I couldn't imagine that I would finish my football career on such a high note!"

The first to speak to the fans was the team's chief coach Stanislav Cherchesov who thanked all those who had supported the team.

Spartak Moscow winger Alexander Samedov also confirmed he is retiring from worldwide football after Russia's defeat.

After once again starring as Real won a fourth Champions League crown in five seasons by beating Liverpool in Kiev in May, Modric will be nearly assured of winning the Ballon d'Or if he can lead Croatia all the way to improbable World Cup glory.

The Russians lost only once over 90 or 120 minutes of football and that was in their final group match against Uruguay, when they had already qualified for the knockout stage.

"The most important thing for me is that my national team succeeded and that we do something big". We haven't said our last word, there is still one more game to go. Ten years ago we had a famous generation and now we are close to them because we are in the semi-final after 20 years.

"Semi-finals, they've done what they had to do, they took us to the semi-finals".

"I believe that the keyword is how we leave - it's better to leave when you feel pride", Cherchesov told reporters. "We didn't play well in the first half, we didn't control the game as we wanted".

"They played their best, it obviously wasn't to be".

Now they are looking to go one step further, but just getting this far is a source of great pride for Croatia.

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

"I've got a amusing feeling that the momentum is so good, and, you know, especially now that we're all going to turn up with special Gareth waistcoats, and that can only help can't it", said fan Lee Walkup, 50. "We have had a fantastic journey, further than we thought", he added.

Croatia and England face off on Wednesday (July 11) at 11.30 PM IST at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. Everyone has been out on the streets celebrating what we've achieved and that is a great source of pride for us.

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