Croatia plots ‘football Brexit’ as England World Cup semi looms

Croatia plots ‘football Brexit’ as England World Cup semi looms

Croatia plots ‘football Brexit’ as England World Cup semi looms

Bilic, who is responsible for persuading Rakitic to play for Croatia rather than his adopted country of Switzerland, was in charge in a previous victory for Croatia over England at a sodden Wembley in a Euro 2008 qualifier bringing to an end Steve McLaren's reign - the latter exiting with the epithet 'the wally with the brolly'. 'To be fair, we've had some good sportsmen like [Goran] Ivanisevic in tennis, he won Wimbledon, basketball is huge and we were good. Everyone has been out on the streets celebrating what we've achieved and that is a great source of pride for us.

Former Arsenal legend Thierry Henry said Lovren was "scared of Kane" while former Liverpool legend Graeme Souness said the centre-back was "in awe of Kane".

"In the second half and in extra time we dominated, we should have finished the job before penalties", he said, "but maybe it's written in the stars that we have to go through the extra drama". "We feel much easier at this point", said striker Mario Mandzukic.

"This generation has been underrated due to their results but they've had the quality and now they are showing it".

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Dalic has managed to get the best out of his players so far as they cruised through the group stage with three wins out of three games, including a win over Argentina.

He has, however, noted the set-piece threat posed by Gareth Southgate's men.

Dalic blamed Croatia's opponents for smothering the creative talents of Luka Modric and said he expected a more open match in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

This is the first time in 16 years that two teams took a quarterfinal to extra time, after having played extra time in the round of 16 as well. The first was against Portugal in 1966 when they went on to win the tournament, hosted in England, they had to wait 24 years till they reached the final four again.

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The game was just four minutes old when Kieran Trippier chipped a pass over Lovren's head for Kane, who rounded Simon Mignolet to score.

The coach of the 1998 side, Jaroslav Ciro Blazevic, said for a long time he did not want any other team to match his players' achievements.

"You're just nit-picking in terms of my performances".

"I've got the utmost respect for him - he's been banging goals in for Spurs for several seasons - but he's not alone, his team-mates play at top clubs, so it will be hard".

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