Croatia search for missing sparks ahead of England clash

Annette Crawford
July 10, 2018

The day after their hard-fought defeat at the hands of Croatia in the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, Russia visited the FIFA Fan Fest in Moscow to personally thank the fans for their unbelievable support throughout the tournament.

Sadly for Fox and soccer fans, there's a few days of World Cup silence until France take on Belgium on July 10 and then England v. Croatia the next day.

Saturday's thriller between hosts Russian Federation and 1998 bronze medalists Croatia was one of them. At that time, we had a lot of players at the best clubs in the world, and that's the case now so we are happy. We're giving our all.

Dalic said: "That was a great success for Croatia as a nation". "We have been briefed in detail about them and how they play, and I know them personally".

He was reluctant to identify a favourite for the tie, though, highlighting how many of those fancied to win the competition before it began such as Brazil, Germany and Spain have already been ousted.

"England breezed past Sweden".

"Obviously we work on them in attack and defense, and they are vitally important for us", said Ashley Young, one of England's set-piece specialists.

The game was also the first clean sheet the English have kept in this World Cup and their first in a World Cup knockout stage since 2006, when they beat Ecuador 1-0.

A huge crowd of people at the FIFA Fan Fest on Vorobyovy Gory greeted the team with thunderous applause and loud chants "Rossiya" and "Spasibo" to mark the Sbornaya's remarkable accomplishments at the home World Cup. Martinez hopes to succeed where they failed by employing a two-year process to ensure "this is a team, this is not a group of individuals".

Touted to be among the surprise teams that might clinch the title... with their exceptional playmaker and his fast-paced runs into the opposition's rock solid defence, Ravi had a chance meeting with the Croatian team and their captain Luka Modric before their quarterfinal match.

"We do not want to stop".

"I wasn't born the last time England reached a World Cup semi-final (in 1990)", England keeper Jordan Pickford pointed out when asked about past glories.

OPENING SALVO Russia had delivered the ideal opening salvo, firing five goals past the Saudis in the World Cup opening match that instantly gave the home crowd a reason to turn their attention to football.

"We will simply have a different type of football after this", he said.

Croatia hadn't advanced this far at the World Cup since the 1998 World Cup, which was its first appearance.

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