Croatia ace to play through pain barrier against England

Heather Diaz
July 11, 2018

"We have a core group of young players in this squad we believe will take us forward, and others coming through the age-group teams with good experiences who have belief they can win, but also expectations that we should be in quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals more regularly".

Southgate had all 23 of his players available with Jordan Henderson seemingly overcoming tight hamstring and Jamie Vardy, who was feared to have played this last game in Russian Federation with a groin injury.

"Our physical performance coaches try to keep refreshing the warm-ups for the players and keep them stimulated, using a bit of fun to get them moving". But we have approached it the same way, a lot of guys enjoying our football and enjoying it at the time.

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"We know the quality of their players and the spirit they have as a nation".

With 14 goals in his last 11 games for England, Kane will not be short of confidence as he searches for his seventh World Cup goal, which would be the most scored by anyone at a single tournament since Ronaldo in 2002.

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Evgeniya Rodina , another mother beaten by Williams yesterday, 6-2, 6-2, did the decent thing and said the American was her idol. Goerges also battled back from a set down to beat Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1 in the last of the women's quarterfinals.

Croatia, on the other hand, did not have easy wins this World Cup. That is what these guys have done.

"We have made several pieces of history in the tournament and we're just looking to keep breaking those barriers down".

As the anticipation builds for this closely matched battle, where are the key battles on the pitch that will ultimately decide who goes on to the final and who will have to settle for the third-place playoff?

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Croatia are a challenge for England.

Croatia survived two penalty shootouts against Denmark and host Russian Federation to reach the semifinals, the first time it has been at this stage since the famous team of 1998 finished third in France.

Jordan Henderson, who has been pivotal to England's progress in his defensive midfield role so far, admits that Modric is a crucial player who must be stopped. Ask Justin Timeberlake, and he'll tell you the same thing. This team is nowhere near the level they're going to be capable of, partly due to their age but also because they'll have more big-match experiences over the next few years. "Hopefully we'll go out there and implement our plan". Kevin De Bruyne is, in fact, the only player to have created more chances left at the tournament than Modric. In the last few seasons he's always scored more than 25 goals and he's one of the best strikers in the world. - Croatia scored two headers in its last match against Russian Federation - only one of its previous 29 World Cup goals was scored via a header.

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