Their Semi Final opponents and neighbours France have Emmanuel Macron as president - a former Socialist Party minister who launched his own party, which he describes politically as "neither left nor right". If there is no victor after 120 minutes the tie is decided on penalties.
"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and risky alongside Harry Kane", the Croatia coach said at a press conference. We have seen it through the tournament as some of the favourites really struggled.
Belgium's Thomas Meunier is suspended for their semi-final with France. In doing so, France handed Belgium their first loss of the tournament, and denied the Belgians their first ever trip to the World Cup final. They have also met in two friendlies. "We are ready to go, no one will complain about anything", Mandzukic said.
These are two exciting European sides with great futures ahead of them.
As the game went to extra time, and then penalties, the beers kept flowing and Mandzukic's bar tab sailed past 3000 pounds ($5325), according to Croatian news site 24Sata who said the 32-year-old outlaid 25,000 kuna toward the bill. Brazil, Uruguay, Russia, and Sweden were all sent packing in the quarter-finals. I am sure that they will show this same attitude against Croatia.
Previous meetings England won their only previous clash at a major tournament, at Euro 2004, with a 4-2 triumph where Wayne Rooney scored twice.
"We can't wait to get going now against Croatia", he added.
Prediction A very tough one to call.
The absence of Vrsaljko could now leave Croatia's right-hand side vulnerable, with Ashley Young, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard more than capable of exposing a weakened back line.
Croatia have been pushed to the brink twice in penalties, and England may well be fresher due to getting their business done in the 90 minutes against Sweden.
Police have confirmed that Islanders were well behaved after Saturday's quarter-final win and there were no problems reported that were associated with the football.
And Capello, who was in charge of England when Rob Green made a huge blunder against the United States of America at the 2010 tournament, believes the emergence of the 24-year-old has been key to the success of Gareth Southgate's side.