Why Croatian president 'can't wait' for World Cup final

14 July, 2018, 05:01 | Author: Elena Meyer
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On Wednesday, Croatia defeated England 2-1 in a semi-final match and for the first time reached the World Cup final.

Granted, he's played more minutes than anyone else because of going to extra time in three consecutive knockout games but 39.1 miles is still utterly incredible.

England captain Harry Kane did not feature in England's loss to Belgium in the group stages but he will go into the game looking to add to the tournament-leading six goals he has already scored. But we'll assess them before picking a team.

"You're never gifted an England appearance, but if I play, then that's brilliant", Butland said in a news conference.

Croatian fans had displayed the banner of The Ustasha-Croatian Revolutionary Movement during the game at the Kaliningrad Stadium. "I think we've shown character and desire, and I think we've brought the nation together", Walker told reporters.

Gareth Southgate's team will face off against Belgium once again in the 3rd-place Play-Off to determine which of the countries takes home a medal. "They let their hair down and I approved that because we have been in isolation for 50 days".

"We regret that England has failed but this is sports. If we win, we can look back on it with a lot of pleasure, and that is what it is all about".

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"We'll have the players inspired by what's happened over the last few weeks".

England's hopes of winning a first World Cup since 1966 may be over but Southgate is pleased with the progress that has been made. But the tougher things are, the better we seem to perform, we have no fear. We would be delighted if Modric won the MVP and the Golden Ball for being the best player at the tournament. He never represented his country at worldwide level during a modest career as a defensive midfielder.

Also, FIFA announced on Thursday that so far, all doping tests conducted before and during the World Cup have yielded negative results. We know this is the biggest game of our lives and we want to leave the pitch with our heads held high and say we did everything.

"We could have pushed a bit more in the second half".

"Of course it's going to be a really hard task over the next 24 hours to get everyone mentally back to where we want them for a game like that".

The squad went through a very light session in Moscow this afternoon where the players mainly stretched and worked some simple drills.

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