England Coach Gareth Southgate Says World Cup Was Wonderful Adventure

Annette Crawford
July 15, 2018

Croatia have not yet made the decision whether Nikola Kalinic will receive a medal for his participation in the World Cup.

England's World Cup heroes have arrived back home following their surprise run to the semi-finals of the tournament.

Dalic said in a statement that Kalinic had been asked to enter the game in the 85th minute of the 2-0 victory but refused.

"During the Nigeria encounter, Kalinic was warming up and was supposed to come on in the second half".

"The same thing happened during the Brazil friendly in England, as well as before the practice session on Sunday".

The 30-year-old will make his 71st appearance of the season against France in Moscow - more than any player at the World Cup - after winning a La Liga and Copa del Rey double with Barcelona.

This is despite the Three Lions defying pre-tournament expectations and reaching the last four of a World Cup for the first time in nearly 30 years.


"Our team lost to France in 1998 and finished third".

Interestingly, Croatia's neighbours in the former Yugoslavia will certainly be backing the side in the final.

It will be heartbreak for England, as the nation had begun to believe in a repeat of the heady nights of 1966 when they won their first and to date only World Cup in their home tournament.

This is despite the Three Lions defying pre-tournament expectations and reaching the semi-finals of a World Cup for the first time in nearly 30 years.

"I expect we'll be back in the top ten when the rankings come out".

Watching from afar, Blazevic, now 83, is a proud man.

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