Croatia star Modric expects a tough game against a 'strong' England

Croatia star Modric expects a tough game against a 'strong' England

Croatia star Modric expects a tough game against a 'strong' England

"It's quite unusual for me to witness all the hype and the crowds and how excited they are because that's what it must have been (like) in Italia 90 when we got to the semis", he explained.

"Want to say a special thank you to the whole country for the support we've received so far", wrote the Tottenham man.

"We are in the semi-final now and, as a team, we think we should be in the final".

Bilic, who is presently out of work having been sacked by Premier League side West Ham last season, experienced some of the highs and the lows with the Croatian players such as being seconds away from the Euro 2008 semi-finals only for Turkey to level and progress on penalties. "They found a way to win, and then against the hosts as well".

"I always enjoy a good nutmeg. That in future we talk about them", said Blažević, now 83, and known in Croatia as the "coach of all coaches".

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"We've been always returning to the 1998 team.... putting a new burden on Modrić and his team". "For us, it's all about the experience".

Squares packed with red-and-white painted fans, stalls selling football jerseys and flares, drivers blaring their horns, people hugging and singing - scenes reminiscent of 1998 are all around as the country of around four million people lives and breathes football. England gained a thumping two-goal victory which puts them in a good position to make it all the way to the final.

And now, with England's biggest game in years on the horizon, Alli has directly tweeted fans to show his appreciation for what they've done throughout the World Cup (see below).

And perhaps most importantly, why he thinks England should be in the final this weekend. Unsurprisingly, the mood in the England camp is positive but one thing Southgate has instilled in his players is a willingness to confront negative moments and learn from them. "I wasn't going to give him mine - I just wanted his". "Straight after that game you want the floor to eat you up. Thank God for this generation which has managed to get to a semifinal and justify Croatia's status as a football superpower... at least a small one", the former Chelsea midfielder said.

'We've worked hard on getting to know each other off the pitch and creating that togetherness and understanding with each other, ' he added.

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