ENGLAND v CROATIA World Cup qualifier, European group six Venue: Wembley Stadium, London Date: Weds 9 Sept (kick-off 2000 BST) Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, text commentary on BBC website, live on ITV1
Bilic had only kind words for England when meeting the press on Tuesday
Croatia coach Slaven Bilic insists he was praising England when he said they had lost their "Englishness" under Italian manager Fabio Capello.
Bilic's comments were interpreted as mind games ahead of Wednesday's World Cup qualifier but Bilic said: "I didn't say anything negative.
"I said, in a positive way, that Mr Capello is one of the best managers in the world.
"They are more organised, more solid, they control games almost completely."
Bilic started the psychological sparring ahead of the match at Wembley with his comments at the weekend.
As well as saying that England had lost their Englishness, Bilic added that England "are definitely missing something", which in turn led to Capello thanking his Croatian counterpart for helping him inspire his team.
"There is no need to motivate my players after this fantastic assistance," said the Italian.
Bilic famously led Croatia to victory at Wembley in 2007 that denied England a place at Euro 2008 and led to the dismissal of Steve McClaren.
But England have turned the tables since then, beating Croatia 4-1 in Zagreb last year while a win on Wednesday night would seal a place at the World Cup in South Africa.
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