Mario Mandzukic insists Croatia will give their all against England, because they cannot then be blamed if they lose.

The two countries will contest a World Cup semi-final on Wednesday, with each seeking to earn the right to face either France or Belgium in the final this weekend.

“Don’t worry, I still have something in me for England,” he said, after leading the line in the 2-2 draw with Russia. We will all fight until the end. And in that case, even if we lose, no one could blame us.”

Croatia have never reached a World Cup final, their best finish coming in 1998, when they placed third, having lost to eventual winners France in the semis.

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