Irish Daily Mirror - - SPORT - FROM DAVID MCDON­NELL in Moscow

CROA­TIA coach Zlatko Dalic warned Eng­land his side have thwarted Lionel Messi and Chris­tian Erik­sen at this World Cup – and can do the same with Harry Kane.

Eng­land skip­per Kane leads the race for the Golden Boot with six goals go­ing into Wed­nes­day’s semi-final.

Dalic ac­knowl­edged the Spurs striker is world-class, but said his de­fence – which in­cludes

Liver­pool’s De­jan

Lovren (right) – can shackle him.

“We have re­ally good cen­tre­backs. De­jan knows him very well from the Premier League,” he said. “Vida, an­other of our de­fend­ers, is play­ing re­ally well, so I have full con­fi­dence.

“Kane’s not easy to stop, but we man­aged to do that with Lionel Messi and

Chris­tian Erik­sen.”

Croa­tia have been taken to ex­tra time and penal­ties in both their knock­out games, but Dalic de­nied they were suf­fer­ing fa­tigue. He added: “Get­ting so far gives us new strength and en­ergy.”

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