Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

England handed boost as Croatia rule out Vrsaljko

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Sidney Guerrero | 11 July, 2018, 22:59

As England prepare for Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against Croatia - their biggest match since they played West Germany at the same stage in 1990 - they have been backed into [3.8] second favourites on the Exchange.

"We have already accomplished something but this team can do more", he said. 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.

"He shows great potential and I'm sure he has a bright future". But he saved fantastically the first shot in the shootout. "If I had a vote, I would vote for Luka", he said. "Thank God everything is fine with him".

Croatia struggled to find rhythm in their penalty shootout knockout game victories against Denmark and Russian Federation with boss Zlatko Dalic claiming the defensive style of their opponents stifled their creativity.

"I was concentrated throughout the match, but after Rakitic's penalty the emotion came bursting out of me". "For the players and Gareth, I wish them massive good luck".

England's 2-0 victory on Saturday over Sweden has got the country dreaming that "football is coming home" after 52 years of disappointments at major tournaments. "We like to play against teams like this because we have really fast players and it will be a really open game, not like today or the game against Denmark". "So it's a case of giving all we have and go further than we ever have before".

Wimbledon 2018: Halep, Zverev crash out, Nadal, Djokovic move on
Still only 21, Zverev has won three Masters 1000 titles and is firmly established as the brightest young star on the ATP Tour. His win on Saturday was his third successive five-setter having also played three matches in qualifying.

Roberto Martinez is determined to end a streak of one kind for World Cup coaches.

Defender Dejan Lovren, another former Dinamo Zagreb player, is also under investigation for suspected false statements.

"We didn't have one single complaint of anybody here feeling that the football interfered with their enjoyment of Wimbledon".

The Centre Court showpiece is now slated for 2pm GMT on Sunday, meaning it would be highly likely to clash with the World Cup final, which will also feature one of France or Belgium, who contest the other last-four tie, kicking off at 4pm. "Maybe we can change something".

Marca reports that more information regarding the extent of Vrsaljko's injury will become clear on Monday.

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