What do we know about England's World Cup semi-final opponents Croatia?

Sherman Parsons
July 11, 2018

Vrsaljko suffered a knee injury during extra time of his nation's quarter final against Russian Federation, and was swiftly subbed off. Croatia eventually won the match 4-3 on penalties. "I still look back on it as an incredible life experience and to be involved with it, I just needed a bit of time to get over it", Southgate said.

"At the World Cup we have teams who profit from players of other countries, with the justification that these players have the nationality of their team".

Modric had four years at White Hart Lane before going to Madrid while, incredibly, Spurs have nine players in the World Cup semi-final.

"He is our captain, our leader, we follow him and if the team manages a great result and he gets the Ballon d'Or he will deserve it, and I want it for him".

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. We need to be ready to win that game.

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"But regardless of that, I think the football across the board has been really exciting, really entertaining, and the hosting of the tournament and the cities that have hosted it has been outstanding".

"Until five or six years ago I was bit vain, and in a way glad that in 1998 we set the bar so high that it was hard to even contemplate, let alone jump over it". England has been craving a top title since it won the World Cup in 1966 and has a tremendous, unforseen opportunity ahead, with the weight of its country on its shoulders.

Dalic, who enjoyed a solid but unspectacular career as a midfielder in Croatia, was given the national job a year ago after success as a coach in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Both scored in Croatia's devastating 3-0 group-stage win over Argentina, while Modric also netted a penalty in the 2-0 victory against Nigeria.

"Hopefully we will go a step further than in 1998".

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