Croatia progressed to the semi-finals of the World Cup after a second successive penalty shootout on Saturday but their inability to put away another unimpressive team over 90 minutes and extra time is a major worry for the Balkan side.
Croatia booked their semi-final place against England thanks to another penalty shoot-out success, this time against hosts Russian Federation after the sides were level at 2-2 following extra-time.
With a team featuring Davor Suker, Zvonimir Boban and Robert Prosinecki wearing blue shirts with a distinctive red and white chequerboard pattern, they beat World Cup giants Germany 3-0 in the quarter-finals in France, sparking delirium at home.
England fans are confident they are closer than ever to regaining the World Cup. "I told him we were disappointed". They drank while they partied, singing songs and taking pictures with visiting fans from other countries.
Two decades ago, Croatia announced themselves on the global stage with a third-place finish in France.More news: George Clooney recovering after scooter accident in Sardinia
Croatia will now face England on Wednesday in Moscow and after two long and tiring games they will surely start as heavy-legged underdogs.
"This looks like a nation with a newfound sense of footballing confidence - and expectations for the future", said Challands.
Human Rights Watch said the World Cup was taking place "during the worst human rights crisis in Russian Federation since the Soviet era".
The Swedes were playing in the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 1994, when they reached the semifinals.
"The nature of the size of Qatar and I believe the fact you're going to have the fans of 32 teams pretty much in a city, I think is going to be electrifying", he said. We wanted to show our Swiss neighbours how powerful a football nation we are.
"But we've been a real team and we have got some excellent players, no doubt about that, but the collective strength has been massive".More news: Tropical Storm Chris expected to strengthen, Beryl may re-form
Both sides played out a 2-2 draw after 120 minutes before heading into the spot kicks where the Croats at the end of the game.
It made Alli (22) the second youngest England scorer in a World Cup game, after Michael Owen.
Kane recalls with affection the buzz from watching past tournaments, dreaming one day of pulling on the England jersey.
"But now, I pray and I would give anything in the world that this squad eventually "confines us to history".
"They are our heroes, our inspiration, they brought us to this point. Individual awards are not important for me frankly".More news: Bishops call for 3-day fast after Duterte called God stupid