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"For me, I know I'm ready, and I can say the same for my teammates".

"Let me tell you, whether we win or lose the game, my life will not change", he said. "It may repeat itself once, maybe never".

England may have won their World Cup qualifier match against Lithuania in the white kit, but they've also suffered some of their most humiliating results of recent times in white.

Dalic admitted that trying to outdo the achievement of that great generation was a driving force for his team, skippered by the brilliant Luka Modric.

"Of course, it's not the same if you play two 90-minute matches and two 120-minute matches, but I still believe we have had ample time to recover and we are professional enough to know who needs what with what kind of recovery".

"This is what drives us".

One matchup England will look to exploit involves Dejan Lovren, as he will have to go up against Harry Kane, who is now in line to win the Golden Boot at this summer's World Cup.

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Wednesday's game will see Lovren reacquainted with Kane, who has carried his prolific form in the Premier League to Russian Federation and is the leading scorer at the tournament with six goals.

Lovren was not impressed when he was reminded of that day by an English reporter. It's completely irrelevant, that 4-1 defeat.

"Why didn't you ask me how I played well against him in other games? You're just nit-picking in terms of my performances".

He added: "I have full respect for Kane".

Whilst the United Kingdom and Spanish media had already ruled Vrsaljko out, the 26-year-old Atlético Madrid defender told HNTV that he will do all he can to be fit.

Vrsaljko has been a key part of Dalic's set-up. "We do not want to say we are exhausted, because there are still plenty of opportunities to exhaust ourselves. We need all the players but those on the pitch must be fully fit".

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