Modric Would Deserve Golden Ball, Says Croatia Teammate Mandzukic

FIFA World Cup 2018: Quarter-final roundup and semi-final schedule

In addition to touching on England's preparations for the nation's biggest game in almost three decades, Southgate took the time to praise World Cup hosts Russian Federation.

"Those memories are painful and the players realise this is their time", said Bilic.

"We shouldn't be surprised Croatia is in the last four", said Dalic. "That in future we talk about them", said Blazevic, now 83, and known in Croatia as the "coach of all coaches".

England are Croatia's semi-final opponents in Moscow on Wednesday evening and Dalic has warned that his team should not be underestimated.

Several hundred fans from Slavonski Brod watched the shootout on big screens in the grounds of Brod Fortress on a bar tab provided by hometown hero - and the team's star striker - Mario Mandzukic. "We were unlucky at previous tournaments but now we are collecting those debts this year", said Modric after Saturday's win over Russian Federation in Sochi.

A second man has handed himself in to police in connection with damage to a taxi during World Cup celebrations.

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Phil has assured us that this is all a bit of fun and that he's not trying to exploit his pet to get rich - and we of course believe him.

"We feel much easier at this point and we are enjoying what is happening".

But this is a player whose reputation took a battering at home before the tournament due to his implication in the multi-million-euro corruption trial of former Dinamo Zagreb chief Zdravko Mamic. Team official and former global Ognjen Vukojevic was expelled from the delegation for making a pro-Ukraine video with defender Domagoj Vida.

Victories over Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland in the group stages were followed by penalty-shootout wins against Denmark and Russian Federation in the knockout phase. The caveat is that it's only if England make it to the final game of the tournament, so if it's a Croatian final all the staff will have to be in store helping people buy cheap, quality booze.

"Hopefully we will go a step further than in 1998".

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