On the other hand, Belgium had a much more rigorous match up against the five-time powerhouse, Brazil.
England will face Croatia on Wednesday in their first World Cup semi-final match since 1990. As part of a warm-up, they played a dodgeball style game, only they replaced the ball with a rubber chicken - because why not?
"England have every chance of being in the final".
But there is a major doubt over the participation of Vrsaljko, who hobbled off with a knee injury in extra-time during the quarter-final win over Russian Federation in Sochi. With his absence, coach Martinez may have to change his formation.
Belgium's only appearance in the semi-finals was in the 1986 World Cup where they lost 2-0 to eventual winners Argentina under the charismatic inspiration of Diego Maradona.
Croatia was missing three key players at training on Monday ahead of Wednesday's World Cup semi-final showdown with England.
Gareth Southgate's side's potency from set-pieces was certainly on the minds of Croatia after they were forced into penalties by Russian Federation.
Yet it is England's creative, dynamic and intelligent midfield that will need to be on the top of its game against Croatia. Their ability to maintain possession and composure, even as a youthful team, is what has led them to this semi-final match. It's brought results so far and long may that continue in the next two games. They should beat Croatia.
Khunnai Cham, a 4-year-old macaque, picks Belgium as the victor of one semi-final match in the 2018 Fifa World Cup.
Harry Kane would have to be more clinical in front of goal in order to add to his tally of six goals and possibly emerge as the victor of the famed Golden Boot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.