Croatia, who have matched the achievements of their 1998 team in reaching the last four, can count on Real Madrid's midfield talisman Luka Modric but his teammate Andrej Kramaric says England's lack of superstars is what makes them a cohesive unit.
Croatia have been forced into extra-time and penalties in their last two matches, and England will be hoping fatigue may play a part to help tip the tie in their favour. "What we have is a really good team that performed really well".
With Ngolo Kante marshalling the effort, France were on De Bruyne and Hazard like a flash, snuffing out the slightest opportunity for them to probe the French defence. "We had the ball but have to give credit to the way France defended, and we couldn't find that little bit of magic in front of goal".
France coach Didier Deschamps has faced some criticism for being too pragmatic and functional despite having so many stars in his squad, but the organization of the team was superb and Belgium was largely restricted to only minor chances that were kept out by the flying Lloris.
The attitude of the players was brilliant and we couldn't ask for anymore.
Not surprisingly, both said they were feeling pretty confident about their team's chances going into Tuesday afternoon's semifinal.
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"What we didn't have was worldwide experience, the know-how of winning a World Cup, the know-how of being a footballer, how you are expected to perform in front of the world and knowing how you feel in those moments", the Spaniard said. The opposite happened. France retreated and held out for the win.
Former French captain Henry scored 51 goals in 123 worldwide appearances, also winning the European championship title in 2000, playing alongside Deschamps. "That's why I don't think the performance came down to individuals". He has lived through great moments in the blue jersey.
France are through to the World Cup final.
Both teams have overcome hard South American opposition to reach the last four.
Belgium fans were left fuming during their World Cup semi-final loss to France when a blatant foul on Eden Hazard went unpunished.
"The crowd deserves a great spectacle", Belgium midfielder Nacer Chadli told FIFA.com ahead of Tuesday's semi.