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Croatia captain Luka Modric calls British media disrespectful after victory over England

13 July, 2018, 07:53 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Zlatko Dalic has guided Croatia to the quarter-finals of the World Cup

England are Croatia's opponents in the final four of the tournament as they bid to reach their first final.

HNS also said that Vukojevic and Vida apologised for their statements, saying they were not meant to be political messages but "unfortunately left room for such interpretations".

The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked team in the tournament at No. 70, were trying to make it to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the Soviet Union finished fourth at the 1966 tournament in England.

France reached the match by virtue of a 1-0 win over Belgium in St. Petersburg, cementing their third final in 20 years since winning the trophy at their home World Cup in 1998.

Croatia's star midfielder Luka Modric said "we will see who will be tired" was the team ethos going into the July 11 semifinal, feeling Croatia had been under-estimated by the English.

"We showed again we were not exhausted", he said.

Head coach of the Russian national team Stanislav Cherchesov stated at a meeting with fans in the Moscow fan zone of Federation Internationale de Football Association on the Vorobyovy Gory.

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"We expect a very hard, tight and demanding match against England, like every match at the World Cup", the 32-year-old told reporters.

Croatia sealed their route into the final through an extra time victory over England, a win Modric himself insisted was fuelled by the English press underestimating his side's ability ahead of the semi-final. "The only wish I have is to lift the cup for Croatia".

Soon after the second half, Croatia was trying hard since long to score one soon while England were happy so sit back and defend.

It was a similar story in the last 16 against Denmark and, on the back of those two gruelling encounters, they must prepare for an England side that beat Sweden in 90 minutes.

"The most important thing for me is that my national team succeeded and that we do something big".

Just three epic games to play (and one "well we may as well while we're here" encounter) - until Russian Federation 2018 announces its ultimate victor; Vladimir Putin, aside.

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