Croatia players critical of English media, perception after victory

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Dier tackled Croatia's midfield kingpin Luka Modric twice last season - and the Real Madrid star is likely to be the biggest threat to England's hopes of reaching the World Cup Final.

"A lot of surprises at the World Cup, with Germany, Argentina, they are out of the competition, but also surprised by England, how they play, their style, how they play different to the past", he said.

Suker, now the president of the Croatian Football Federation (HNS), feels England were fortunate to get past Colombia.

I have become somewhat adapt at working out the probability as to the way that each FIIFA World Cup match could end, however it is simple mathematics so I haven't suddenly acquired some type of magical skill at predicting the outcome of each match played!

"It's not the game we wanted to be in.

We played at club level as well", says striker Mario Mandzukic, who played with Modric at Dinamo Zagreb a decade ago before the latter joined Tottenham Hotspur.

Rakitic has been influential for Croatia at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

After the match ended all square (2-2) in open play, the momentum was surely with Russian Federation as they had been the team to force a shootout.

"I think they have a good mentality in the team, team spirit which is very important for a tournament".

As World Cup finals get closer, the football euphoria comes close to its peek. "But this goal will be hard to accomplish without you, so you should go to Qatar with us", he added.

"I've loved it", Walker said.

The wait for England to reach a second final dates back to 1966, when it won the World Cup for the only time.

An England soccer fan reacts after England lost the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Hyde Park, London, Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

He said: "I don't read what is going on in England, I am reading about my own country after each game".

"It's wonderful to meet any heroes from '66 and it gives you so much inspiration, obviously it's been a long time since England have done well in a major tournament", he said. It wasn't about having a good tournament, it wasn't about being happy to be in the top four, so it's a really sad dressing room right now because the opportunity of being in the final was the only focus that we had.