Top Memes After Croatia Beat England in World Cup Semi-final

Ruben Hill
July 15, 2018

"He ran out of steam a little bit in extra-time, but he's absolutely given everything for club and country and I think he's had a fantastic season".

England's defeat was watched by more people than the All-Ireland hurling final between Galway and Waterford, any 2017 Six Nations game and Ireland's dramatic World Cup qualifier win over Wales. In their match against England, they held the ball longer than the Three Lions which gave them an avenue to bring the ball around and look for the loopholes in England's defense.

Meanwhile, national broadcaster HRT's main presenter Joska Jelicic - supposedly Croatia's answer to Gary Lineker - said: "They [England] have nothing to cry about - they were knocked out by the future world champions".

However, captain Luka Modric accused English journalists and pundits of lack of respect and admitted his teammates used their negative criticism to motivate them to victory.

Things could also have got interesting if Southgate had played Rashford and Sterling together and taken out, say, Dele Alli, who was busier with defensive duties than helping the team go forward. As a captain, I thought he failed his team, but it was amusing that he was allowed to do so all through the World Cup. It was lost after they lost control against Croatia. A superbly struck early goal was exactly what they need against a Croatia team that was tired in mind and body.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has echoed the claims made by Dejan Lovren and Luka Modric that his side had "extra motivation" to beat England on Wednesday because of disrespect from the English media.

"We want to be in semi-finals and finals and we've shown to ourselves that that can happen". He found the right people to drill these routines and execute them with telling effect on the biggest stage of football.

Croatia settled down and returned to their best period of the game - the second half. They scored two through Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic.

England's game deteriorated and went from bad to poor and very poor.

May will not attend the match because Britain has imposed a diplomatic boycott on Russia after blaming Moscow for the attempted assassination of a former Russian spy in England. "It's really special for Croatia to be able to enjoy a player of his level".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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