"I'm rare breed. I'm an Englishman that doesn't drink tea, " he said.
Fox Sports and Telemundo have seen strong ratings for this year's tournament, with Fox building its numbers that so far peaked with a tournament-high 6.32 million tuning in for the Croatia-Russia quarterfinal Saturday on Fox.
Ten charter planes carrying over 1,500 fans took off from the capital Zagreb for Moscow on Tuesday, Croatian online media TPortal said.
It will be the third match his has officiated at the World Cup after overseeing Morocco vs Iran and Nigeria vs Argentina.
Fatigue could be an issue for Croatia as the game wears on, given they have gone to extra time and penalties in both knockout games in Russian Federation, although they also won both shootouts.
England has not appeared in a World Cup last four since going out to West Germany in a penalty shoot-out at Italia 90, while Croatia have matched the team of 1998, who reached the semifinals on the nation's World Cup debut following independence in 1991. We can feel the energy and feel support from home and it's a very special feeling, a privilege for us. We do not want to say we are tired.
Croatia are wary of the threat posed by England captain Harry Kane, the tournament's leading scorer with six goals so far, while England will have to close down arguably the best player of this World Cup, Luka Modric.
"We have waited for several years for this with Croatia". And the Three Lions enter Wednesday's semifinal having lost just two of their last 30 competitive matches (W22, D6) since dropping their first two games at the 2014 World Cup.
"I'm just hoping he's recuperated really well for this one".
"We have strength and we're united on the pitch".
"The biggest thing that the gaffer's brought since he's come in, which he's brought right from day one, was identity, and about the way that we wanted to create a team, " Henderson said.
Modric said: "We expect a very hard, tight and demanding match against England". In fact, that remains Croatia's only defeat in eight World Cup matches against a European side.
"I think Raheem has been fundamental to the way that we have played - his movement, the positions he takes up, his pressing of the ball, his work-rate for the team, the winning of free-kicks and corners, his speed to stretch teams".
Croatia relied on penalty shootouts to advance in their round of 16 tie with Denmark, as well as their quarter-final date with Russian Federation, which suggests that they have the collective concentration to last 120 minutes, as well as the cool-headedness to maintain composure during penalties.
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