Ex-Russia Midfielder Says Modric Best Player at 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Ex-Russia Midfielder Says Modric Best Player at 2018 FIFA World Cup

Croatia defeated England in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium by 2-1 in extra-time to reach their first-ever FIFA World Cup final.

England should have been two or three goals to the good as they dominated the game for an hour.

Dalic, however, said there was plenty left in the tank.

"We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game [against England]".

Spectators at Wednesday's match in Moscow booed and whistled the Croatia centre back, after a video posted online earlier in the week showed Vida, a former player with Ukrainian club side Dynamo Kiev, saying "Glory to Ukraine!". We are very motivated and will give our all. I'm sure we will prepare well.

After a collaborative worldwide effort, all of the team were freed after 18 expert divers entered the cave on Sunday and eleven hours later returned having rescued four of the boys. "They have a young, alive, attacking team". That's football. Only football can make all Croatians go out into the streets.

'The big teams are home. Those who are hard-working, compact, united, well-organised, they are here in Russian Federation.

On Monday, divers re-entered and after nine hours freed a further four boys, before returning the following day to rescue the remaining four and their manager.

Twenty years ago, in France, a Croatian team featuring Davor Suker, Slaven Bilic and Zvonimir Boban made the last four of the competition only to be beaten by the hosts, and eventual winners, despite taking the lead.

Thousands of fans will be on Zagreb's main square and at bars in town again and in true Croatian style, they will come with flares and fireworks in hand ready to celebrate.

"Those emotions are what drive us, that is our petrol and how we have come back to a semi-final after 20 years".

"The players have shown their qualities when it matters at this World Cup, and maybe will go down in history as a great generation which has gone close to the third-place finish of the 1998 World Cup. We managed to stop Messi and [Christian] Eriksen so hopefully we can stop Kane". "Only great teams can be as courageous as we were and fight back from a goal down against teams like England".

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