Dier wary of 'world class' Rakitic and Modric

Paola Ditto
Luglio 11, 2018

Soccer Football - World Cup - Quarter Final - Russia fans watch Russia vs Croatia - FIFA Fan Fest, Moscow, Russia - July 7, 2018 A Russia fan reacts during the game.

England have for long desired to be at this stage.

Team manager Stanislav Cherchesov, who guided his team into the quarter-finals, expressed his gratitude to Russian supporters and promised to deliver an even better performance at the 2020 World Cup in Qatar.

"The results were below the level and quality of our players".

England are Croatia's opponents in the final four of the tournament as they bid to reach their first final.

Croatia's run to the World Cup semi-finals may be a surprise to some, but coach Zlatko Dalic said his players had always been among the best in the world and are ready to go down in history as another golden generation when they face England on Wednesday. "He is one of the best in the world right now".

"We're ready and looking forward to it", Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic told a news conference on Monday.

World Cup fever is sweeping the nation - and Danny McLaughlin has found himself at the centre of attention thanks to his incredible resemblance to star player Harry Kane. You can see the style of England is a little bit like Manchester City.

It promises to be an epic battle when Croatian experience takes on English youth. Perisic aside, all have won club football's biggest prize - the UEFA Champions League.

Luka Modric of Croatia (top) and Dejan Lovren of Croatia celebrate celebrate victory over Russian Federation at the 2018 World Cup. Gareth Southgate, though, has made this young squad believe in their collective strength.

"We played twice for 120 minutes in six days and spent tremendously, physically and mentally", he said. "We did not want to risk some passes that would tip the balance in our favour".

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is facing a Belgian team that has scored a tournament-leading 14 goals in five matches when they meet in the semifinals in St. Petersburg. Against Russia too, Modric came into his own more in the second session as Rakitic slipped into a deep-lying midfield role leaving Modric to go for adventure.

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