Pogba speaks on France vs Croatia match

World Cup semi-finals

World Cup semi-finals

It would be a momentous occasion for Croatia, whose previous best performance was a semi-final loss to France in 1998.

Les Bleus are considered by many as the stronger of the two - but the French midfielder refutes this status.

"We are going to play England in the League of Nations (in October) and we don´t have a proper stadium to play that game".

Jose Mourinho would certainly be pleased with his contributions and be hoping to see more of the same when he returns to Old Trafford.

Canadians of Croatian descent are eagerly anticipating the World Cup final that will see Croatia go up against France, saying the game will mark a moment of huge pride for fans of the team.

"Soccer for Croatians is like hockey for Canadians", said Ivan Kulis, who works at the Toronto Croatia Academy and goes back to Croatia often.

While making the semifinal is an accomplishment for any team, losing just before the final and coming so close to glory is devastating.

For an hour, it looked like England would be headed to Sunday's World Cup.

Croatia is known for their skill and mastery but after winning three extra time knockout matches in a row to make the final, it proves they are also a physical force. But it's safe to say that with the third-place match now set, Belgium and England will have competed in two of the least essential matches of the 2018 World Cup.

Liverpool defender Lovren was equally scathing after the game, he said: 'This feels incredible, especially after everything that was said about us before the game.

"I know everything about Croatia, I have lived the country intensely in all my life, since its history on all the sports of the country".

"We have three days to prepare ourselves". I don't want it to happen again.

"We've still got a very important job come Saturday to go and beat the Belgians and get the bragging rights over them because they beat us in the group stage".

In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic they have the midfield engines of both Real Madrid and Barcelona, while the scorer of their victor against the Three Lions, Mario Mandzukic, won the Champions League with Bayern Munich and now plays for Juventus. "It's not the game we wanted to be in, as a team".

'My players are at top clubs and people should remember that'.