Croatia working extra, says it will have enough for England

Andreas Granqvist

Andreas Granqvist

Lovren is the only player in Croatia's World Cup squiad who is now with an English club, although his teammates Luka Modric and Vedran Corluka both previously played for Tottenham, and forward Andrej Kramaric was formerly at Leicester City.

I told him that I'm from India and that I'll be at the stadium cheering for Croatia!

Every time a Croatian player appears before the media at this World Cup, he knows a question about Modric is coming, and every time the answer reflects the admiration there is in the squad for their captain.

Belgium faced a heart-stopping moment of uncertainty in the first knockout round against Japan, when Martinez's decision to rest players in their final group match against England nearly backfired spectacularly.

"Our last three games were different because we played teams with a defensive approach", he said.

It has been suggested Croatia should be favourites given the experienced players they boast in their squad, thereby increasing the pressure on them to reach the final, but Mandzukic says they are enjoying their time in Russian Federation now more than ever. "That in future we talk about them", said Blazevic, now 83, and known in Croatia as the "coach of all coaches".

Ivan Rakitic is hoping this Croatia team can go a step further after matching the country's heroes of 1998 by making it to the semi-finals of the World Cup.

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France play Belgium this Tuesday evening with the victor claiming their place in the final against either England or Croatia. Social media has already awarded him an Oscar for his " award-winning performance " and the memes have started flowing in.

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Along with Kylian Mbappe , France should have enough firepower to trouble the three-man Belgium defence. Paris Saint Germain forward Mbappe has scored three goals at the World Cup so far.

The Real Madrid man will now face some familiar foes from his time at Tottenham Hotspur in the form of England in the last four on Wednesday, where the winners will face one of France or Belgium in the final.

Inter are looking to sign their right-back with calm and are confident they can reach an agreement with the Spanish club before the transfer window closes in mid-August. "We managed to stop Messi and [Christian] Eriksen so hopefully we can stop Kane".

"Of course, it's a pity that I've spent so little time on the pitch, but there are always injuries in football", Dzagoev said.

"At certain times we lacked power, but we played two times 120 minutes of football in six days", Modric said. "We made ourselves happy, but we also made everybody back home in Croatia happy".

Croatia equalized with Andrej Kramaric's header near halftime.

"It will be hard", defender Dejan Lovren said.

It is not yet known whether Mandzukic will repeat his generous gesture but maybe we shouldn't bet against it.

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