Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Croatia can keep Harry Kane in check: coach

Croatia can keep Harry Kane in check: coach

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has said his side have already "managed to stop Messi" and so can cope with England's Harry Kane in Wednesday's semi-final.

With a number of Croatia's players the wrong side of 30 - Corluka is 32 - the versatile veteran acknowledges time is running out for his team to surpass their fabled 1998 side, who reached the World Cup semi-finals in France before taking bronze.

The 26-year-old may not have played his last minutes at the World Cup, but he will need Croatia to get past England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow without him if he's to have a hope of lifting the trophy.

Modric has so far played 485 of a possible 510 minutes in Russian Federation but coach Zlatko Dalic while admitting that "all players have had a long season", promised that there is still energy left for England.

"There are no favourites at this World Cup, every game is 50-50 and you have to fight it out". We were lucky, thank God. Eight of their 11 goals have come from free-kicks, corners or penalties. I feel joy, a feeling of peace because I am ending on a high note. Croatia had come back from 1-0 down against Denmark in the round of 16, before advancing on penalties. "Why didn't you ask me about my good performances instead of nitpicking?"

A semi-final was within grasp and the loss stung. This is a great result.

"We have seen how strong England are at set-pieces and we will have to do better because against Russian Federation we conceded a goal like that". "We did not want to risk some passes that would tip the balance in our favour". We have played five games, but being exhausted can not be an alibi. FREE to play & next 4 match predictions are available now! We are very motivated.

'We're giving our all.

"I wouldn't say there are any glaring weaknesses (in England's team) since they are in the semi-finals, that says it all".

"They breezed past Sweden". Telemundo also saw ratings success Friday for their Spanish-language coverage, recording a best-ever Friday daytime viewership of 1.8 million (which rises to 2.65 million if you count Total Audience Delivery, so they're getting big streaming boosts too).

In Sochi, Croatia fans were massivelt outnumbered in a crowd of more than 40,000, but Dalic's team had one notable backer - President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

A huge crowd of people at the FIFA Fan Fest on Vorobyovy Gory greeted the team with thunderous applause and loud chants "Rossiya" and "Spasibo" to mark the Sbornaya's remarkable accomplishments at the home World Cup.

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