But this time around Perisic, Luka Modric and company won all three group games, got through back-to-back penalty shootouts against Denmark and Russian Federation and became the first team to fight back from a goal down in three straight knock-out games.
In order to win, England will need to contain Modric, who is involved in nearly every Croatian attack, controlling the pace, and scoring twice, including in the impressive 3-0 win over Lionel Messi's Argentina.
France faces Belgium in St. Petersburg Stadium today, and England and Croatia battle it out in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium tomorrow. Known for his man-management skills, Blazevic inspired Croatia to the knockout stages of Euro 96, where they were beaten by eventual winners Germany, before going even further two years later.
"Nobody could be any happier than me to play the final against France", the 29-year-old said.
But place in the World Cup final against France was not to be.
With such a modest population, they are the smallest country to get to a World Cup final since Uruguay back in 1950, and in the modern game it is a staggering achievement. Rakitic added a late third as Croatia secured their place in the last 16. This shows character and is what makes me proud. "I just wish them all the very best of luck".
England coach Gareth Southgate missed a penalty kick in the semifinals of that tournament in 1996 and said he couldn't listen to the song for 20 years. First, his team needs to get past France on Tuesday to earn a spot in the final for the first time. They are confident and have a young team. Every match at this World Cup is like that. Other famous players include Michel Platini, who captained the country to the European Championship title in 1984 when he scored nine goals in five games.
London's Hyde Park looks like a war zone after thousands of England fans left after watching their team lose 2-1 to Croatia in the Fifa World Cup semifinals.
Seconds after the initial whistle, England demonstrated their ability to overpower Croatia, racing towards the opposition box to create their first of many threatening opportunities. It brings back a lot of good memories.