"We have a good opportunity to give them something back for 20 years ago when they reached the final", Croatia defender Dejan Lovren said.
The match had ended 1-all in regulation forcing it into extra time.
Sterling did produce an encouraging display in the quarter-final win over Sweden and was a constant threat throughout the 2-0 success in Samara.
Dalic has managed to get the best out of his players so far as they cruised through the group stage with three wins out of three games, including a win over Argentina.
"We all temporarily forgot our problems, no one thinks about anything else", Robert Halilovic, owner of cafe "Cup 98", named after the 1998 tournament in France, told AFP. "I'm very happy for my players, we showed character and the right mentality, it was very hard for us tonight".
"If you are going to have to lose such a match, which is bearable, it is the manner in which our players lost, pushing for everything, trying everything until the final whistle".
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Goal scorer Umtiti said the win had come on the back of the work of the entire team.
Asked what similarities Modric and the current crop have in common with the side he played in, Suker replied: "Quality". "I wanted to make substitutions but nobody would come off".
Luka Modric has been inspirational throughout their run, yet there were numerous outstanding performances at the Luzhniki Stadium as Croatia recovered from a shaky opening half hour.
"It's such a young team and there's so much chemistry for the future, he said".
Among them were father and son Joe and Andrew Settle, from Bolton, who have never travelled away with England but decided they could not miss the chance to see the national side in a World Cup semi-final. There's a lot we could have done better. "For Croatian football and Croatia as a country this is history being written", said the 51-year-old Dalic.
They matched the feat of their predecessors in 1998 who reached the semi-finals in the country's first World Cup as an independent nation. We haven't said our last word, there is still one more game to go. That is a great source of pride for us.