The Vatreni came out on top in that huge showdown to reach the final of the competition, where they were beaten 4-2 by France at the Luzhniki Stadium.
A number of players have since called time on their international careers since that famous run to the final, however, and Croatia must now pick themselves up from a humbling 6-0 loss at the hands of Spain last month.
Ahead of Friday's visit of England in a behind-closed-doors match, Sports Mole looks at how Zlatko Dalic will set out his side.
In the absence of Subasic and Kalinic, Dalic must decide which of his rookie goalkeepers to choose from, with Dinamo Zagreb's Dominik Livakovic in line for just a second senior cap.
Dejan Lovren and Ante Rebic are back involved after sitting out the 6-0 loss to Spain, however, and in Ivan Perisic, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Croatia have one of the most impressive midfields anywhere on the planet.