'Croatia will play on counter and rely on Modric & Rakitic'

Florence Fletcher
July 11, 2018

"I think Rashford coming on again is the obvious first one if we're struggling to break them down, then it would obviously depend on who is struggling, be it Sterling, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard".

The 27-year-old is an attack-minded right-back that has come a long way since he joined Spurs from Burnley and is now one of the leading players for his national side, with some comparing his crossing to David Beckham.

He said he is "confident" England is going to win the World Cup and that he was inspired to have the tattoo during the game against Panama.

The coolness displayed by the Real Madrid playmaker in the last-16 tie against the Danes was particularly impressive - having missed a penalty late in extra time, he still stepped up to score another spot-kick only a few minutes later.

The World Cup final on Sunday, possibly the national side's first appearance in football's biggest match since 1966, will also be shown on open-air screens at the council-owned Talacre Park Gardens in Kentish Town and Russell Square, Bloomsbury.

After a dramatic win on penalties against Russia, Croatia will play England on Wednesday in front of 80,000 people in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium for a place in the World Cup final. Croatia are on two record runs for them: five World Cup matches without defeat and scoring in nine matches in a row. "There is a big rivalry between France and Belgium, it's like a derby match".

How they got there Croatia after winning Group D with a 100 per cent record have had to grit their way through the knockout stages with penalty shoot-out wins over Denmark and hosts Russian Federation.

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"I don't know to what extent you see the level of celebrations in Croatia". While the skill of the teams might be pretty similar, their style of play is very different.

England have reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.

France manager Didier Deschamps has branded Thierry Henry as an enemy as he prepares his team to face Belgium in the semi-finals of the World Cup.

"I agree Croatia has several more experienced players", Mandzukic said.

Just one player. That's Belgium's Thomas Meunier who was cautioned in the quarter-final against Brazil.

My gut is telling me Croatia will win this game.

"He [Kane] is top scorer - he's not easy to stop".

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