Croatia can deal with Harry Kane after 'stopping Messi'

Ruben Hill
July 11, 2018

President Grabar-Kitarovic, Croatia's first female President, was captured on camera celebrating and cheering in front of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as her team took on the hosts at the quarter finals.

According to Croatian website Vercenji List, however, the player trained with the rest of the squad on Tuesday and could be ready to play against England this week.

The Croatian midfielders have been in imperious form throughout the tournament and will pose a significant threat to the Three Lions during their semi-final clash on Wednesday.

So impressive in the centre of the park for Croatia has Modric been, that he is now one of the favourites to win the Golden Ball, but the experienced midfielder insists he is only focused on his teams success.

"Speaking at a news conference, Dier said: "[They are] two fantastic players, world-class players in their position.

Belgium has never been to the final of a World Cup, but that's exactly what they look poised to do as the highest-ranked team (No. 3 in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings) left in the tournament.

But they lacked a playmaker of Modric's quality, which raises hopes in the country that the 2018 team can go one step further into the final and possibly even lift the trophy.

Saturday's victory on penalties against hosts Russian Federation was their second successive match to go to a shoot-out after they were pushed all the way by Denmark in the last 16 six days earlier.

'We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game.

"We expect a very hard, tight and demanding match. Social media and everything else, the global thing is so much bigger".

This followed it up with a 3-1 win over Mohamed Salah's Egypt proving that the opening win was not just some flash in the pane. Yet, they have the players who have been there and done that and know when to turn up.

"I plan to receive a coaching licence in December". A lot of them sang Russian songs in the streets all night, waving Russian flags and sounding the horn.

Cherchesov, who faced heavy criticism going into the tournament, but has emerged from it as a national hero, gave his thoughts after the defeat to Croatia consigned his team to a heart-breaking exit.

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