"Today we can enjoy our victory and start thinking about the final, where we will try to win the World Cup. Above all things, our team has character and class," Vrsaljko told journalists.

He added that England's early first goal did not discourage Croatia and good teamwork helped them win the game.

Croatia, who claimed the third place at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, will take the winners of that tournament, France, in the final, which will be played at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Monday morning.