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

Fans show their support by backing England on Betfair

Fans show their support by backing England on Betfair

Croatia captain Luka Modric put in a man-of-the-match performance to lead his side to a penalty shootout victory over hosts Russian Federation, but he has no interest in personal awards as they chase their World Cup dream in a semifinal against England.

In a video which was published on her official Facebook page she is seen dancing and singing along with the members of the Croatian team in the dressing room.

"For England to beat Croatia and reach the World Cup final, they must stop the best midfielder in the world", Jenas told BBC Sport. [The media] just said to them: "Just do what you can", but now even you are hoping that it can come home, yeah?

"They play very direct football, dangerous, fast, and they are really good at setpieces, and dangerous at corner kicks".

"There were questions over Sime Vrsaljko but our right-back trained normally and could be ready", they stated below an image of the player in training.

"We know where we are".

For many fans, the fact that Russian Federation lost only in a penalty shootout against a team widely considered to be one of the most skilled in the tournament was a victory in itself. "He said that we should keep our eyes open and take the next steps".

Nearly £50 million has been matched on Betfair's World Cup victor market, and the encouraging news for England is that more than a third of bets have backed the Three Lions to win the tournament.

"We have enough time to rest and prepare well", said Modric.

Don't be surprised if you hear about him paying for another bar tab for locals watching the huge clash with England on Wednesday.

The toll both games have taken on the Croatia squad was evident at the end of extra time against the hosts with several players sprawled out on the turf at full-time.

"There are no favourites at this World Cup, every game is 50-50 and you have to fight it out".

Modric himself is not fussed with the Golden Ball or the World Player award in September, because "the most important thing is Croatia". "We need to keep going game by game".

Croatia's 3-0 win over Argentina in the group stage was a clear signal that the team led by midfield maestro Luka Modric was a real threat with their clever passing and movement.

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