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Money for the “other Harry” but Modric remains most-owned

England and Croatia meet in Moscow this evening in the second World Cup semi-final, with France having already progressed to the final last night.

It is 20 years since Croatia last featured in a World Cup semi-final, while the wait for England has been even longer: Italia ’90 was, as the country has been continually reminded, the Three Lions’ previous appearance in the last four.

Zlatko Dalic’s side comes into this tie off the back of two gruelling knockout round matches in which they were taken all the way to penalties by Denmark and hosts Russia.

England had a relatively comfortable quarter-final win over Sweden, meanwhile, though of course were indebted to Jordan Pickford’s shootout heroics in the round of 16 victory over Colombia.

With two goals and an assist to his name in the tournament already, Luka Modric (£9.1m) is the most-owned player on show this evening and indeed in the McDonald’s FIFA game overall. Over 50% of Fantasy squads now feature the Real Madrid playmaker.

Ivan Rakitic (£8.5m), who has actually had more attempts on goal than spot-kick taker and set-piece specialist Modric this summer, features in 19.7% of Fantasy sides.

Dejan Lovren (£5.0m) is the most popular Croatian defensive option in the McDonald’s FIFA game, with just under a quarter of Fantasy managers putting their faith in the Liverpool centre-back.

Defender Sime Vrsaljko (£5.5m) and goalkeeper Danijel Subasic (£5.5m) have been passed fit to play despite picking up injuries in the win over Russia.

Harry Kane (£11.2m) remains the most popular Fantasy asset in the England squad, but it’s the Three Lions’ “other Harry” who has seen the second-biggest ownership surge since the quarter-finals. Harry Maguire (£5.0m) was bought by around 340,000 new Fantasy managers ahead of Friday evening’s deadline – only Kevin De Bruyne proved a more popular buy – and the Leicester City defender’s ownership has shot up from 5.8% to 24.6% as a result.

Maguire, who scored and kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 win over Sweden, has had more penalty box touches than any other defender at this summer’s World Cup.

John Stones (£5.9m) and Jordan Pickford (£5.5m) are still the most popular routes into the England backline, however.

Jesse Lingard (£7.5m), who has had more attempts on goal than Kane in Russia, sits in 37.8% of McDonald’s FIFA squads.

England XI (3-5-2): Pickford; Stones, Maguire, Walker; Trippier, Henderson, Alli, Lingard, Young; Sterling, Kane

Croatia XI (4-2-3-1): Subasic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Rakitic, Modric; Brozovic, Perisic, Rebic; Mandzukic

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  1. El cafetero
      5 days, 14 hours ago

      if only the English fans were a bit less noisy on social media. Sometimes you bring the hate to yourselves. Life humbles everyone.

      1. Triggerlips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 days, 14 hours ago

        Was proud of the fans at the start, very level headed, expectations sensible, but then we beat Sweden and they trashing Ikea and its all coming home, it just got real stupid, real quick

      2. TH 14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 days, 14 hours ago

        There are old men and women on my street who don't have a clue what social media is that went mad when Croatia scored.

        Social media is only part of the issue, the Scottish hatred of England is the main problem.

        1. Triggerlips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 days, 14 hours ago

          Try living in New Zealand, the media and rugby boys been dying to poke fun at England. It a national pastime

    • dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 days, 14 hours ago

      So for final 2 games how does this look for -4. Will of course wait for line up on Saturday

      Lloris
      Varane Pavard TAA Meunier
      Pogba Rakitic Modric
      Griezmann Mbappe Batshuyai

    • DJDave1979
        5 days, 14 hours ago

        Roy Keane talking about World Cups... Thinks nobody remembers 2002.

        1. Dr Van Nostrand
            5 days, 14 hours ago

            Luv Keano no mercy tells it like it is

          • Business Cat
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 days, 14 hours ago

            When Mick McCarthy sent him home for being a gobshite?

            1. Shels
                5 days, 14 hours ago

                He anything but

            2. feed feo
                5 days, 14 hours ago

                Every one of those English players showed more patriotism than Keane (still bitter Irish supporter).

            3. Shels
                5 days, 14 hours ago

                I thought Croatia would tire too but they simply outplayed a simple england team from the 2 half onwards...

                1. Norman Conquest
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  5 days, 14 hours ago

                  nobody cares what you think

                2. the snazzy viking
                    5 days, 14 hours ago

                    as much as I respect two sides to an argument, these posts are starting to annoy me

                3. Luka - Man Like Serbia
                    5 days, 14 hours ago

                    Disappointing. Oh well, gutted but back to club football now, preseason and watching Crystal Palace in the sun tomorrow with a cold beer, could be worse. Just thinking if Gareth had selected Zaha what could of been 🙁

                  • Costa Nostra
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    5 days, 14 hours ago

                    Really wish fpl would adopt the updating system of the Mickey D’s game. Scores updated as well as rank in less than 30 minutes.

                    1. TH 14
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      5 days, 14 hours ago

                      Much larger playerbase.

                      1. Costa Nostra
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        5 days, 14 hours ago

                        It’s all done by computer though. Shouldn’t take much longer...scoring isn’t bad..but rank takes hours

                        1. TH 14
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          5 days, 14 hours ago

                          They wait an hour or so to apply bonus points and any changes, then have to sort around 3 times the number of players.

                          I can see why it takes as long as it does.

                          1. Costa Nostra
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            5 days, 14 hours ago

                            I get it...just wishing!!

                  • Shels
                      5 days, 14 hours ago

                      I'll canter away my banter so... Too tight in here for me now..

                      1. TH 14
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        5 days, 14 hours ago

                        very strange definition of banter

                    • Les Bleus
                        5 days, 14 hours ago

                        Ian Wright and Roy Keane having a go at each other