#WorldCup - Croatia vs England preview

Annette Crawford
July 11, 2018

It's completely irrelevant, that 4-1 defeat.

Asked what he would be demanding from his players, the England coach told ITV: "To be able to keep doing what we have been doing, play with real defensive discipline, good organisation, tactical awareness. You are just nitpicking at my poor performances".

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"Croatia have world-class players like Modric, Rakitic and Mandzukic, players who are playing in the top clubs".

He added: "I have full respect for Kane. He has been showing season after season that he is one of the best strikers in the Premier League and he is one of their greatest threats, but he is not alone". He's constant. He bangs in goals.

"I think Raheem has been fundamental to the way that we have played - his movement, the positions he takes up, his pressing of the ball, his work-rate for the team, the winning of free-kicks and corners, his speed to stretch teams".


"They have a lot of quality, they play well, well organised and a physically strong, but we are also aware of our quality".

English fans will spend the hours leading up to the match nervously waiting to see if "it" will indeed be coming home for the first time since 1966-when the squad won the World Cup in England. It's going to be a hard task for all of us.

"Of course, it's not the same if you play two 90-minute matches and two 120-minute matches, but I still believe we have had ample time to recover and we are professional enough to know who needs what with what kind of recovery".

"I am perfectly ready and fit and I can say the same for my teammates".

"This is maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity". "We do not want to say we are exhausted, because there are still plenty of opportunities to exhaust ourselves".

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