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Croatia plots 'football Brexit' as England SWC semi looms

11 July 2018

Luka Modric of Croatia (top) and Dejan Lovren of Croatia celebrate celebrate victory over Russian Federation at the 2018 World Cup.

According to Marca, the 26-year-old has injured his left knee, through which the just will not be able to participate in the semifinal match of the 2018 world Cup with England.

Stones - who has started all five of England's games at Russian Federation 2018, scoring twice admits that the opportunity to contest a World Cup final may never come around again and is relishing the chance to make it happen. We think it's fantastic for the spirit of the nation and there was a very good atmosphere here on Saturday when England beat Sweden.

Given Croatia had extra time and penalties to recover from, England should come into the game fresher and they also have the edge in previous meetings, winning four of the seven encounters, including a 5-1 victory in their most recent match - a World Cup qualifier in 2009. Modric said. "It's a World Cup, it's not about other things".

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That's reflected in the betting because, while most of the money wagered on back bets in the victor market is behind France, the majority of bets have been put on England lifting the trophy in Moscow next Sunday.

"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 long their national team hasn't justified their claim that they have the best league in the world. "You'll see it on the field".

They have underachieved in recent years despite boasting a side including Modric, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.

"We had to believe and we know how talented we are as a squad", Dele Alli said on Monday at England's training base in Repino, outside St Petersburg.

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"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and unsafe alongside Harry Kane", Dalic said in a press conference Sunday.

Don't be surprised if you hear about him paying for another bar tab for locals watching the huge clash with England on Wednesday. "We were together. You were the 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th player", he said and promised that the team would demonstrate better results at the next World Cup in Qatar, although it would be hard without such support.

All in all, Croatia are a better-organized team in all departments as compared to England whose players' quest for individual brilliance will be their major undoing.

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Croatia plots 'football Brexit' as England SWC semi looms