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"I am very happy for my players, we showed character and the right mentality". It's an unbelievable achievement for us, it's a dream come true after such a long time. "I could only dream of playing for my country and scoring one of the most important goals to reach the final", Perisic said. "It will be a battle again but I trust us, I have belief in us".

He said: "People were talking.English journalists, pundits from television, they underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake".

The World Cup fever has truly gripped Croatia with the country making its first-ever entry in the World Cup final.

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The 38-year-old holds the Russian record for most global appearances with 127 and his last act on a football field was to convert a penalty in Saturday's shootout loss to Croatia.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic promised that his side won't be out for revenge in their World Cup final against France on Sunday. "I remember when we celebrated Suker's goal but as soon as we sat back down it was level".

Sky Sports reports that Henderson's tight hamstring "is not too serious" but England's medical team will "manage the Liverpool captain's fitness carefully ahead of Wednesday's match".

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"It's a massive game for us, we all know that, but there's no need to make it bigger than what it already is", he told a press conference on the eve of the match.

Croatia, despite being the "home" team, will wear their black and blue away strip.

Henderson praised two of the Croatian players, Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, and Liverpool teammate Dejan Lovren, who plays on the back line.

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"There were times when we lacked energy: 240 minutes of football in six days takes its toll on you", said Modric who, like Mandzukic and Rakitic, is into his thirties.