This is going to be one of the exciting clashes in this world cup because both these teams didn’t start the tournament as pre favourites despite the talent these two teams have, not many football pundits would have expected them to reach in the top four and now they are here, they would give everything in this game. For Croatia, it is their second appearance in the semi final in a world cup and they would want to change the fate they were handed in the first time when they played in the semi final in their debutant year in 1998. They certainly have all the firepower they need to lift the trophy for the first time and that would be a perfect recognition to one of the greatest midfielder Luka Modric. He may not be that popular among fans but his contributions in each and every game, remains crucial for the team.
However, it would not be wise to scratch off The Three Lions. They were expected to be out of the world cup in the first knockout stage but they showed great display of football and now they are making their third world cup semi final appearance. They won the world cup in 1966 and now they would be looking to bring back football to her home. Harry Kane is leading the lions from the front by scoring the most goals in this world cup so far and remains the top contender of winning the Golden Boot award.
Every team has got a few key players who manage the entire game and even change the direction of the game and in these star filled teams there are more than a few players who can decide the game for either of the teams. Let’s have a look at them.
Luka Modric – This midfield maestro came into the limelight when he first donned the Real Madrid kit in 2012-13 season. What many experts thought was a waste of money, shut all critics down with his excellent passing skills and creating chances. He is often compared with Lionel Messi as Luka also wears the number 10 and his initial is also same as Messi’s. In this world cup, Modric teaming up with Rakitic, have won each and every match they have played so far. Their brilliance against Argentina to beat them 3-0 in their second group match would always be remembered as midfielders ran the show. It is expected that in this game as well, he would surely try to keep his team upfront.
Ivan Rakitic – There wouldn’t be any calmer midfielder in a high tension match anywhere in this world than Rakitic. In the last two games for Croatia, he took the winning penalty and delivered both the times for his team. In the game as well, he often shifts the gear quickly and is expected to show some of his tricks in this clash as well.
Harry Kane – There was a great nuisance in the football world when Harry Kane claimed for a goal to the management after coming off from an injury and he was trolled everywhere. Now he is shutting his critics down by becoming the top goal scorer in this world cup so far and if fate would have it, he might end up with the trophy. He has scored in seven of last eight matches for England and all bets would be on him to score in this game.
Raheem Sterling – He has figured out the simplest solution to that if you cannot score goals, you should create chances for others. He has been doing that so far in this world cup. He may not net the ball but he is helping his team mates to do so. His experience is an added advantage to the team.