World Cup: The Croatian players England need to watch out for

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There are only a few hours left until England take on Croatia in their World Cup semi-final match on Wednesday.

The two European sides will face off at 7pm at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

Croatia are hoping to reach the World Cup final for the first time and England are hoping to end a 52-year wait to return.

Newsround takes a look at the Croatian players England need to watch out for.

Luka ModricReuters
Luka Modrić - 'Midfield Magician'

Luka Modrić is Croatia's captain and one of their top players.

The Real Madrid footballer has scored two goals already at this World Cup, and also a created goals for his teammates.

He's displayed some fantastic skill on the ball and proved why he's called a 'Midfield Magician'.

Mario Mandžukić celebrating scoring a goal.Getty Images - Julian Finney
Mario Mandžukić - 'Aerial Threat'

Croatia's main striker Mandžukić is a strong player and he's 6 foot 3 inches tall!

That means he provides a serious threat in the air.

He is one to watch on corners and free kicks against England.

Ivan Rakitić running past two defenders.Fred Lee

Ivan Rakitić - 'The Rocket'

Rakitić is an attacking midfielder who has scored 21 goals for Barcelona over the last four years.

In his World Cup journey so far, Rakitić has scored one goal against Argentina and scored the winning penalty kick against Denmark.

He scored another penalty during the epic shootout against hosts Russia to get them into the semi-finals.

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Dejan Lovren - 'The Rock'

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren will be hoping to keep a clean sheet against England's quick and skilful attack on Wednesday evening.

Lovren has made over 40 appearances for his country and scored two goals.

Like a lot of the Croatian team, Lovren is tall and strong - a huge aerial threat which could be hard for England to deal with when it comes to set pieces!


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  • Comment number 11. Posted by Thejollygooddays18

    26 Jul 2018 22:20
    This comment was removed because it broke the rules. Explain
  • Comment number 10. Posted by Mimi_Glitter

    11 Jul 2018 21:44
    England scored in the first 5 minutes!
  • Comment number 9. Posted by Thejollygooddays18

    11 Jul 2018 21:31
    No England are losing 2-1 it's very sad I want France to BEAT! croatia then they'll see how feels

  • Comment number 8. Posted by Feminist4Life

    11 Jul 2018 20:36
    It's 1-1 now
  • Comment number 7. Posted by U17073529

    11 Jul 2018 19:44
    0-1 Come on England you can do it! Wait, Is Harry Kane playing? Probably
  • Comment number 6. Posted by Mermaid of books

    11 Jul 2018 19:37
    0-1 so far..
    Come on England!
  • Comment number 5. Posted by mint choc chip cookie

    11 Jul 2018 18:12
    good luck England!
    your going to win and if not you still have a chance to be in third place!
  • Comment number 4. Posted by Lilacchocolatekitten

    11 Jul 2018 16:03
    I'm not into football, so I won't be watching it.
  • Comment number 3. Posted by pink Unicorn

    11 Jul 2018 9:15
    Go England you can do it even though it’s going to be a tough match!
  • Comment number 2. Posted by BlushBookwormBear

    11 Jul 2018 7:19
    .Ooops! My previous comment wasn't finished!😕