Croatia coach Dalic on being simply better than England

World Cup 2018: Modric reveals Croatia biggest concern ahead of England clash

Coach Zlatko Dalic says that the thought of four million Croatians celebrating victory over England will drive his team on in their World Cup semi-final.

Meanwhile, Croatia played well to beat England after trailing by a goal for the most part of the match after Kieron Trippler broke the deadlock with a free-kick in the 5th-minute of the match. A Croatian soccer official will be allowed to watch the team's World Cup semifinal match from a VIP section despite being convicted last month in a corruption case linked to the transfer of captain Luka Modric.

Fourteen members of their squad are based in Europe's top five leagues - England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France - including Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic at Real Madrid, Ivan Rakitic at Barcelona and Mario Mandzukic at Juventus.

After the win Croatian players - led by Luca Modric - defeating England to make it to the final of World Cup first time ever, Grabar-Kitarovic also joins the celebrations.

"We showed again that we were not exhausted - we dominated the game mentally and physically".

"We are deservedly in the final", he said.

"I think it's good the players understand it's good for the country".

A look at what's ahead in the World Cup
If the final four games of this year's World Cup are anything like the last 60, it should be quite an exciting finish. By no means are they assured a spot, as world No. 7 France, who oddsmakers are favouring, stand in their way.


"We are in the final and that is the biggest success in Croatia history".

"It's just unbelievable to get back in the game in this way".

The Croatian football team's dream run in the ongoing World Cup has won them many fans around the world.

And Croatia made Gareth Southgate's team pay as they restored parity in the 68th minute, before Mario Mandzukic hit the victor in the second half of extra-time.

'We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game. "God willing, we will be world champions".

"Mentally strong team", Rakatic said.

They were accused of embezzling 15 million euros ($17.6 million) through fictitious deals during transfers of several Dinamo players to clubs outside Croatia.

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