Journalists packed into a hopelessly overcrowded room to hear Mandzukic insist all players were raring to go despite the strenuous past two games and that the pressure had now even eased.
"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is really fast and his combination with Harry Kane is really risky".
The coolness displayed by the Real Madrid playmaker in the last-16 tie against the Danes was particularly impressive - having missed a penalty late in extra time, he still stepped up to score another spot-kick only a few minutes later.
A lack of pace at the back against England, one of the quickest teams at the tournament, would be a big problem.
With the boys in Russian Federation through to the semi-finals of the World Cup, football is on everyone's minds. France won 4-2 when the teams met in the group stages in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
France comfortably defeated Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter finals, but is likely to fall short against its neighbor, Goldman said.
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Barcelona midfielder Rakitic scored the decisive spot-kick as Croatia beat Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties after a dramatic quarter-final in Sochi on Sunday morning (Singapore time) finished 2-2 at the end of extra-time.
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England trio Harry Kane, Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire are looking to guide their side to only their second World Cup final. "We played at club level as well", says striker Mario Mandzukic, who played with Modric at Dinamo Zagreb a decade ago before the latter joined Tottenham Hotspur.
Let's see if football really is coming home, as we can hear from every corner of England at the moment. At the last Euros, we defeated Spain. "We will enjoy this game and hopefully we can make history".
"You know, we have always shown we can do well against the big nations", said Bilic.