Croatia have been 'underestimated', says coach Dalic

Sherman Parsons
July 11, 2018

Croatia don't see themselves as favourites in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final although most of their players have more worldwide experience than those from opponents England.

Croatia are in the last four of the World Cup for the first time since 1998 and Vrsaljko says his team's run can not be compared to the Europa League success he enjoyed with Atletico Madrid last term.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is down to the final four teams.

Just three members of the present squad were born when England reached the semi-finals in Italy - Kyle Walker, Jordan Henderson and Ashley Young. Ronaldo played last Monday but did not score.

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida has revealed Ivan Rakitic played a key role in him scoring a crucial penalty during his side's World Cup quarter-final victory over Russian Federation. This allowed teams like Croatia and England to make the most of the opportunity and they are deservedly facing off in the other semi-final.

Lady Elsie, who has been greatly enjoying watching the World Cup herself, is well known for fronting the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, a charity dedicated to finding more effective ways to detect and treat cancer. "We are ready to go, no one will complain about anything", Mandzukic said.

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"If you look at all of our attacking patterns and the way that our front four have combined and played, he's been instrumental in that, so I think he's a player that's really appreciated by the team".

England did not have an overly hard route to the semi-final but they have overcome every obstacle they faced with some solid performances.

"They have been playing at an extremely high level for their clubs. That in future we talk about them", said Blazevic, now 83, and known in Croatia as the "coach of all coaches".

"That's the biggest thing so far to come out of it and we just want to continue to do that and do everybody proud".

Having played his club football in Belgium for almost four years (1985-1989), Bwalya can not help but marvel at the transformation of the country's football.

We put tasty treats on each of the country's flags and after some unwanted interference from a feline friend, Tilly made her choice (which you can see in the video below).

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