Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Southgate haunted by heartache of England's World Cup exit

Southgate haunted by heartache of England's World Cup exit

In a league match in April, he failed to see the Estudiantes goalkeeper had been unable to keep the ball in play while trying to prevent a corner and seconds later awarded Chacarita a penalty.

"Through my life and career, I went the hard way".

Despite all the talent in their ranks, Croatia's place at the World Cup was in jeopardy as late as last October when Zlatko Dalic took over and Modric paid tribute to the impact the coach has had on the team.

Speaking exclusively to StarSport, Dr Stanley said: "We've talked all the way through the World Cup with England that they've been practising their set pieces really well on the training ground. I had to start from the lowest club", he said.

"He comes back here and drinks in the local pub and he'll play cricket in the yard with the kids".

At 1.92 metres tall (6ft 3in), Pitana is a physically imposing figure who, having learned his trade in the cut-and-thrust world of Argentine domestic football, does not take to being bullied by angry players. They've done more for Croatia than all our politicians together over the last 20 years. What happened two years ago must help [on Sunday]. "On the one hand, there are those who claim that Modric could not be expected to know the specifics of the law".

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The team will be completed by two Dutchmen: Bjorn Kuipers will be the fourth referee and Erwin Zeinstra will be the reserve assistant. "Nothing smarter to ask?" he said.

Modric for Ballon d'Or if Croatia win the World Cup? The team playing extra-time in all three knockout games, and trailed to the first goal scored each time. Croatian coaches are not respected in Europe, even if we get great results, they look for brand names. He made another spot kick in a quarterfinal shootout against Russian Federation, then led the midfield that overran England in a come-from-behind semifinal win on Wednesday.

Ivan Rakitic believes Croatia will have "hundreds of millions" of supporters against France on Sunday as neutrals around the world line up behind his nation of 4.5 million. "To win would be a dream come true for our small country, plus for Croatians around the world".

Only his role in one of the many corruption scandals plaguing global soccer, and the potential trial and prison sentence he may face, has complicated his legacy.

"One thing that brings me happiness is that all my players tell me if they are not 100 percent fit", he said.

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