England still relied on long balls, says Croatia's Vrsaljko

Ross Houston
July 13, 2018

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Modric told ITV after the match: "People were talking ..."

On Sunday they will play the biggest match of their lives against a France side bursting with youth and vigour. The sound was eclipsed only by the joy that greeted Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor and the impromptu fireworks celebration in the wake of the final whistle.

Suddenly the massed ranks of red-and-white-clad Croatia fans behind Pickford's goal started to believe and shortly afterwards Perisic hit the post but England somehow clung on to take the game into extra-time.

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The Croatian football team at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation.

The Real Madrid midfielder said the way British media ruled them out as pushovers gave them even more reason to win and prove England wrong.

The players meet again on Wednesday when Croatia and England clash and, with a place in the World Cup final at stake, there is no better time and chance for Lovren to finally redeem himself. And England simply trailed off in the second half when it had just 30 per cent of the ball while Croatia cranked up their game.

England scored just five minutes into the match when defender Kieran Trippier beautifully arced a free kick over the wall of Croatian players that nestled into the upper right corner of the Croatian goal.

Shortly after Ivan Perisic's equaliser and with England firmly on the back foot, Gareth Southgate looked to freshen things up by withdrawing Sterling and sending in Marcus Rashford in the hope that the 20-year-old could expose Lovren and Vida's exhausted legs.


England's forward Harry Kane (L) and England's coach Gareth Southgate (2L) react react after losing the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018.

"We were good. We controlled the game, but there's always tension with us, we always concede this early goal and have shocks", Vrsaljko said. And he makes you feel like you're the best player in the world.

And a sneaky Luka Modrić taking the Cup away from England. This is an unbelievable achievement for us - it's a dream come true after such a long time.

"We would certainly like to host a reception for the England football team, who did so well in Russian Federation, and that is something that we are going to talk to the FA about", her spokesperson said.


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