Russia's unexpected World Cup run ended on penalties after a thrilling quarter-final against Croatia on Saturday, and the hosts left the stage having earned the admiration of fans both home and overseas for their indomitable spirit.
Excitement was building in Croatia on Wednesday ahead of the Soccer World Cup semi-final against England, with tens of thousands of fans expected to watch the match on public screens across the country.
"For England to beat Croatia and reach the World Cup final, they must stop the best midfielder in the world", Jenas told BBC Sport.
"What they did was impressive but we want to keep writing our own history and enjoy what we are doing which is very positive", he added.
Rooney, who was the leading goalscorer for England before announcing his retirement from the worldwide football in 2017, further added that he is enjoying the attention being given to the country in Russian Federation.
Vrsaljko's absence will come as a big boost for England manager Gareth Southgate and takes one of Croatia's most experienced defenders out of contention.
"Speaking at a news conference, Dier said: "[They are] two fantastic players, world-class players in their position.
In a more encouraging sign, this time around, they've also won their first penalty shootout at world football's showpiece tournament.
"We have enough time to rest and prepare well", said Modric.
Cherchesov said the hosts, who were ranked 70th by Federation Internationale de Football Association before the World Cup, should aim higher.
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The players, who suffered a heartbreaking quarter-final defeat on Saturday, unfurled a huge banner reading "We are playing for you" in a tribute to their devoted fans and their passionate support during the tournament. When Ivan Rakitic's penalty sealed Croatia's spot in the semifinals, the coach broke down into tears.
"Even those who didn't believe in them started believing, in the end".
Modric himself is not fussed with the Golden Ball or the World Player award in September, because "the most important thing is Croatia".
"We are concentrating on what's going on now".
In order to win, England will need to contain Modric, who is involved in nearly every Croatian attack, controlling the pace, and scoring twice, including in the impressive 3-0 win over Lionel Messi's Argentina. Hopefully, we can get the win.