Wimbledon men's final will not move if England reach Russian Federation showpiece

Annette Crawford
July 11, 2018

When Croatia beat Russia in the quarterfinals on Saturday, the director general of the country's soccer federation sat in the same row of seats as Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Messages have come in from all corners of the world as Croatia, a nation of just 4 million people, look to play in the World Cup final.

"Vladimir Putin talked to me during the day and he called me right now, and congratulated me on a very good game", Cherchesov said.

"They have been playing at an extremely high level for their clubs". Saturday's thriller between hosts Russian Federation and 1998 bronze medalists Croatia was one of them. "He said that we should keep our eyes open and take the next steps".

Given Croatia had extra time and penalties to recover from, England should come into the game fresher and they also have the edge in previous meetings, winning four of the seven encounters, including a 5-1 victory in their most recent match - a World Cup qualifier in 2009.

"We have already accomplished something but this team can do more", he said.

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.

"We didn't have one single complaint of anybody here feeling that the football interfered with their enjoyment of Wimbledon".

"There was a lot of energy needed for it, we do not have much time and we have to be ready for the game in three days.I'm glad we demonstrated strength at such matches and adapted their style, we played the best we could and finally got those matches".

"Even those who didn't believe in them started believing, in the end".

After 10 years of Real's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi dominating the Ballon d'Or, there has been talk that leading his country to World Cup glory could see Modric break the pair's stranglehold on the award for the world's best player.

"We are a tennis tournament but we are aware that there is something special going on elsewhere".

In order to win, England will need to contain Modric, who is involved in nearly every Croatian attack, controlling the pace, and scoring twice, including in the impressive 3-0 win over Lionel Messi's Argentina. "We don't have any chances to win this Cup and of course we are sad".

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