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England handed boost as Croatia rule out Vrsaljko

11 July 2018

Katie - also referred to as Kate - has been supporting the footballer from back home in the United Kingdom since she is due to give birth to the couple's second child any day. "The teams who are hard-working, who are compact and united, these are the teams that are still here".

"The team's performance turned out to be miraculous".

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.

England survived a penalty shootout against Colombia in the last 16 whereas Croatia emerged through extra-time and spot-kicks against Denmark before going through the same ordeal again against Russian Federation in Saturday's quarter-final.

Their unexpected surge at the tournament has surprised the world.

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Boban was banned by the football federation and it took another eight years for the Rossoneri great to play for his country - this time for Croatia, a new entrant in the 1998 World Cup, where they reached the semifinals and finished third beating the Netherlands in the play-off.

Croatia often looked reluctant to attack and Modric's words after the game hinted at a lack of adventure that will surely cost them sooner or later.

Sterling celebrates with his teammates during England's win over Sweden. Fans spilling out of bars chanted "Russia", dancing in the street and singing along as music blared.

They were not the ideal team- their limitations were exposed in loss against Uruguay.

Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic could alternatively opt for experience and move Domagoj Vida to the right side while bringing Vedran Corluka into central defence. However, they were shut out in the later part of the game and conceded twice. Both squads are deep and are dealing with relatively few injuries, though Belgium will be missing defender Thomas Meunier, who picked up his second yellow card for tripping Neymar in the 2-1 quarterfinal win over Brazil.

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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.

"I don't think anyone was expecting either England or Croatia to get this far".

"We watched England and we saw how strong they are", Modric said in the post match press conference after his sides quarter-final victory.

Cherchesov paid tribute to the home fans for their support.

"There was a lot of energy needed for it, we do not have much time and we have to be ready for the game in three days.I'm glad we demonstrated strength at such matches and adapted their style, we played the best we could and finally got those matches".

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England handed boost as Croatia rule out Vrsaljko