Croatian Players Break into Song on Team Bus

Harry Winks of England is blocked by Linas Klimavicius of Lithuania during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier between Lithuania and England at LFF Stadium

Harry Winks of England is blocked by Linas Klimavicius of Lithuania during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier between Lithuania and England at LFF Stadium

Croatia, who have reached the final for the first time in their history, will play France on Sunday.

FRANCE coach Didier Deschamps urged his side to seize their chance of redemption in the World Cup final after admitting he has still not got over the pain of defeat in the Euro 2016 final.

The national football team of hosts Russian Federation managed to make it to the quarterfinals stage of this world championship, where Croatia edged them out in a 4-2 penalty shootout on July 7 at the Fisht Arena in Sochi. But we have to kill games earlier.

'We have two matches to play and we are very motivated. England have been eliminated from the World Cup right at the penultimate stage, and Croatia are now through to Sunday's finals instead. "We were 1-0 down three games in a row and came back to win each time". In extra-time nobody wanted to be substituted. They are two great players, everyone knows that.

The French have relied on the attacking brilliance of 19-year-old forward Kylian Mbappé while Croatia have depended on Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic to spearhead their attack.

Among the best was Marcelo Brozovic, the Inter Milan midfielder brought into the line-up to provide extra steel in front of the defence.

Croatia have singled out Raheem Sterling as the chief threat posed by England ahead of the World Cup semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday. "I'm going to a wedding on the weekend, I have to drive to the airport soon to pick up my cousin who's flying in from Toronto, I have to make dinner, and I'm still here watching the game".

"It's such a young team and there's so much chemistry for the future, he said. Football is sacred. We built the foundation for our house in 98, and now we're building the second floor". "Something had to change to get the results", Dalic said.

Croatia's best previous World Cup run dates back 20 years to 1998, when they lost in the last four to eventual winners France. "But we have our hearts, our pride and our players and that is what is really important to us".