Croatia fear England's Sterling in W Cup semi

Russian fans left heartbroken as Croatia dumps the host nation out the 2018 World Cup

Russian fans left heartbroken as Croatia dumps the host nation out the 2018 World Cup

"They're like me - this is the most relaxed we have been, but England is obviously the first choice". He congratulated us on a very good game. Everyone has been out on the streets celebrating what we've achieved and that is a great source of pride for us. "When I think of Lovren playing under Mauricio Pochettino [at Southampton], he was one of the best centre-backs in the league".

"I don't know what will happen if we win, probably nobody will go to work".

"This is really a big day for Croatian sport and football, it is a success that we will remember for generations".

Despite having talents such as Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic to call upon, Croatia's results had not been particularly impressive for several years.

In one of the most-anticipated matches of the tournament so far, host nation Russian Federation crashed out of the world cup after losing to Croatia in the penalty shootout.

He ended the tournament with three goals to his name, scoring in the opening game win over the Saudis, the subsequent game against Egypt and a penalty to level the scores against Spain in the shock last 16 win.

"It's his quality that he's been showing for many years".

England's achievement in reaching the last four has been played down by some after they qualified from a group containing Tunisia and Panama before meeting Colombia and Sweden in the knockout phase.

Just moments later and the visitors had a corner and then a goal as defender Domagoj Vida headed home from the set piece.

About 10,000 Croatia fans are expected among 80,000 people in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, including Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.

Some stores will close early to enable employees to watch the match, which starts at 1800 GMT, with various concerts, plays and cinema shows cancelled. Heavyweights France and Belgium will battle for the final spot when they meet in St. Petersburg on the previous day.

Kane won't be short of motivation when England play Croatia, but Lovren's social media activity could have fuelled his fire. "It's completely irrelevant, that one defeat against Spurs".

"He is our captain, our leader, we follow him and if the team manages a great result and he gets the Ballon d'Or he will deserve it, and I want it for him".

"You're just nit-picking in terms of my performances". His team-mates play at top-drawer clubs.

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