Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
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Knee Injury Knock Croatian Defender Out of World Cup

Knee Injury Knock Croatian Defender Out of World Cup

"Only football can make all Croatians go out to the streets". And there are plenty!

Croatia have won two penalty shootouts on their way to the semis this year - their first since they lost to eventual winners France back in 1998, which was their maiden participation in the World Cup after their independence.

Fifa Russia 2018 World Cup mascot Zabivaka poses with volunteers before the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 1, 2018.

Croatia defender Vedran Corluka believes England's style of play will suit his side more than their past two opponents' did when they do battle this week for a place in the World Cup final.

"I wouldn't say there are any glaring weaknesses (in England's team) since they are in the semi-finals, that says it all". "For the players and Gareth, I wish them massive good luck".

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"Thank you, Russia. For the atmosphere and the celebration of football".

"It's a great honor for us to [be here], we are playing for our country with passion".

Cherchesov said the hosts, who were ranked 70th by Federation Internationale de Football Association before the World Cup, should aim higher.

He hopes England will be more suited to their style of play, but added that recovering from two extended games will be hard.

Modric will feature in a midfield that consists of the likes of Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, while Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Mateo Kovacic and Dejan Lovren are just some of the names in a Croatian team expected to be England's toughest test yet. They have enjoyed success since with their Under-17 and Under-19 teams winning their age-group World Cups. "We want more", Modric said after tasting victory in the quarterfinal against Russian Federation.

"The most important thing for me is that my national team succeeded and that we do something big". "We don't have any chances to win this Cup and of course we are sad".

Modric said Subasic told him that the injury should not be a major factor as Croatia prepare for their semifinal. Ten years ago we had a famous generation and now we are close to them because we are in the semi-final after 20 years.

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