Croatian talisman Modric could make the difference against England

Jose Verdugo
Julio 11, 2018

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic gave her United States counterpart Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May Croatia jerseys Wednesday ahead of the World Cup semi-final against England.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Quarter Final - Russia fans watch Russia vs Croatia - FIFA Fan Fest, Moscow, Russia - July 7, 2018 A Russia fan reacts during the game.

It's a grand one, reaching the World Cup final has eluded some of their best players in recent history, the poster-boys for those who will take to the pitch of Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium in an epic second semi-final showdown on Wednesday.

He hopes England will be more suited to their style of play, but added that recovering from two extended games will be hard. If we had to play two big teams in close succession, that's very hard.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, the country's former minister of sport, said Russia showed they can play well against a strong opponent.

"We know them well". Saturday's thriller between hosts Russian Federation and 1998 bronze medalists Croatia was one of them.

"Clearly, we wanted to go even further but sadly today we could not", coach Stanislav Cherchesov said, addressing the crowd.

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Nearly £50 million has been matched on Betfair's World Cup victor market, and the encouraging news for England is that more than a third of bets have backed the Three Lions to win the tournament. It's great. You see the atmosphere back home.

"We didn't have one single complaint of anybody here feeling that the football interfered with their enjoyment of Wimbledon".

"It's football but, thank God, in the end, we're in the semi-final".

They have underachieved in recent years despite boasting a side including Modric, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.

"We have already accomplished something but this team can do more", he said. "I've played against Modric and he's world class ... one of the best there is". "We need to keep going game by game".

After such tight matches, it is easy to forget that Croatia produced a feast of attacking play to destroy Lionel Messi's Argentina 3-0 in the group phase. Hopefully, we can get the win.

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