Ranking potential 2018 World Cup final matchups involving France, England and Croatia

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England and Croatia will compete on Wednesday for the right to face France in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final, with the two underdogs searching to complete their against-the-odds runs through Russian Federation.

The Mosman Park soccer team should prepare to be outnumbered if they wear their nation's colours to Crown.

But Southgate thinks talk of that handing a physical advantage to England is being overplayed.

England take on Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium at 7pm BST on Wednesday.

Now the song, with its repeated chorus of "football's coming home", is a staple again, No. 5 this week on YouTube UK's top music videos chart with more than 2 million views on the day of England's last match.

Dier said: "He (Modric) is a great player, one of the best in the world, and whatever position or wherever he plays it doesn't make a difference to a player of that quality".

When the song first was released, the chorus proclaimed "Three lions on a shirt/Jules Rimet still gleaming/Thirty years of hurt/never stopped me dreaming".

After overcoming Colombia in a penalty shootout, the first time England have ever done so in a World Cup.

The most-cherished national team memory remains the 1966 World Cup final victory at Wembley over West Germany, a demarcation point in the island's history as much as 1066 (the Norman invasion) and 1707 (union with Scotland).

The victor on Wednesday advances to Sunday's final against France.

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"Nothing unites English people more than the English football team doing well", he said.

After the game ended 2-2, Croatia secured their second penalty shootout win of the tournament, booking a meeting with the Three Lions in the process.

The Liverpool captain will play an important role in a midfield battle against Croatia's La Liga-based stars Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, and while he would not divulge his plan to combat them, he did praise club team-mate and defender Dejan Lovren.

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic soldiered on against Russian Federation despite hurting a hamstring, while right-back Sime Vrsaljko is expected to miss the game.

Vrsaljko has been a key part of Dalic's set-up. England will not change, then, and they will be ready. Although they've yet to beat anyone elite, they've struck upon a formula that brings out the best in players like Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire, and really shouldn't mess with a thing - especially on set pieces, from which they've scored six goals.

"The team is getting better and better with every game and that was the same with us in 1966 which is why I'm quietly optimistic", he said.

"Harry Kane has been unbelievable this season and when he plays, he scores, which is something that comes naturally to him but shouldn't be taken for granted, as it's one of the most hard things to do".

"The age of the players, the improvement in the players and the hunger of the players has been apparent for everybody to see. We've done okay so far, taken it game by game and we'll continue to do that", he said.

Croatia exacted revenge with the help of goalkeeper Paul Robinson's blunder by sending Steve McClaren's England spinning to a dismal defeat in Zagreb.