Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Croatia shows resilience, character in World Cup final run

Croatia shows resilience, character in World Cup final run

France's forward Kylian Mbappe runs with the ball during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semifinal football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018.

Luka Modric is the world's best midfielder and Croatia's greatest ever player, according to Jermaine Jenas. The visitors lost 4-1, with Harry Kane scoring twice, but Lovren was substituted after 31 minutes. "And they won a place in our hearts", she said.

"There's an endless stream of messages on WhatsApp and Instagram and no way to tell everyone, "Thank you for the kind words", he wrote on his official Instagram page.

"I'm not thinking about it, only about my national team succeeding", he said.

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Croatia were a goal down against Denmark in the last-16 as well as against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals, before equalising and forcing extra time and penalty shootouts to advance. The 32-year, who recently signed for MLS side DC United, spoke to reporters at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new stadium of the club and said that he believes that the Three Lions will bring the trophy back to the country.

A drummer played Bradford City favourite "Take Me Home, Country Roads", and also "England" and the one everybody has been chanting everyday recently, "It's Coming Home".

"We took a hard route and we were unlucky, particularly in previous tournaments, especially the Euros".

"Twenty years ago I was back at home in my hometown and I rooted for Croatia wearing the Croatia jersey", Perisic said.

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You couldn't ask for anything more from the group of players. "We need all the players but they must all be fit on the pitch".

The Croats now face France in Sunday's final after the 2-1 extra-time win. Tonight Croatia take on England, in what is expected to be a fiercely fought tie.

Rhys Masters, from Southbourne, said: "This is the best squad we've had since I've been watching England".

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