England - World Cup - 12 July 2018

Jose Verdugo
Julio 11, 2018

Concerns like these and more are sure to pop up if England beat Croatia today in the second semifinal of this World Cup.

"Croatia play maybe a little bit slowly... they have good players but it's another style of play".

"Only football can make all Croatians go out to the streets. This generation has been underrated for a long time because of their poor results, but they have shown their quality when it mattered at this World Cup, and it will go down as a golden generation like that of 1998". Russian Federation has so far played against only one extremely attacking team like Croatia and lost 3:0 to Uruguay.

The team started its campaign by beating Saudi Arabia 5-0 in a Group "A" match that was also the opening match of the tournament on June 14 at a packed Luzhniki Stadium.

Grabar-Kitarović is 50 years old, according to her official Croatia biography, and was elected Croatia's fourth president in January 2015.

Croatia's 3-0 win over Argentina in the group stage was a clear signal that the team led by midfield maestro Luka Modric was a real threat with their clever passing and movement.

Croatia's best previous World Cup run dates back 20 years to 1998, when they lost in the last four to eventual winners France.

Croatia defender Dejan Lovren said, who plays in England for Liverpool, said his side's status as underdogs doesn't bother him.

Croatia is seeking their first World Cup title, as they take on England in the semifinals.

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Roberto Martinez is determined to end a streak of one kind for World Cup coaches.

England are Croatia's semi-final opponents in Moscow on Wednesday evening and Dalic has warned that his team should not be underestimated. "We have proven the doubters wrong". What if football is well and truly going "home"?

"We know what we need to succeed".

"The fact that we are not the strongest team in the world is obvious to everyone".

"I was concentrated throughout the match, but after Rakitic's penalty the emotion came bursting out of me".

"This is where the recovery and some sort of progress begins".

Several hundred fans from Slavonski Brod watched the shootout on big screens in the grounds of Brod Fortress on a bar tab provided by hometown hero - and the team's star striker - Mario Mandzukic.

Grabar-Kitarović's Facebook page is a mix of photos and videos of her sporting Croatia jerseys, celebrating in the team's locker room at the games in Russian Federation and her performing her duties as the country's president.

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