Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Out of adversity, Modric and Croatia to play for World Cup

Out of adversity, Modric and Croatia to play for World Cup

Southgate also admitted after defeat to Belgium that England would rather not have been involved in the third-place playoff, a fixture scrapped by Uefa for the European Championships in 1980.

Overall, it's not a surprise Belgium is favored, as it has looked like the better team in this tournament and has more talent.

England exceeded all expectations by reaching the semi-finals only to lose to Croatia 2-1 in extra time.

Modric has covered more yards than any player at the World Cup, registering 63.03 kilometers (39 miles) in six games, according to Federation Internationale de Football Association.

The game at Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg, starts at 5 p.m. local time, or 10 a.m.

Their dreams of World Cup glory, however, were shattered by France in the semi-finals, but another win against England on Saturday sealed third place.

Inter Milan striker Nikola Kalinic is certain to feel the ignominy of his action in his team's first Group "D" match on June 16 at Kaliningrad Arena when he refused to come on as a substitute. This gives us strength and motivation.

Kylian Mbappé has had a superb World Cup, and was in great form again against Belgium, tormenting them with his pace and trickery. Now we are in the final and people are celebrating on the streets.

"I hope we made you proud".

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We did not forget the doubts about us at the beginning of the competition, about our ability to play together. It will be a World Cup final , a great match, difficult, ' the midfielder said.

Southgate refuses to rule out any player - he has been particularly impressed by 33-year-old Ashley Young's performances at left-wing-back - but told Cahill if he is not playing regularly or consistently then his place is under threat.

"I think it's the reconnecting with the England fans (that has stood out), the fact that fans got really excited by the way we played, the way the England team have shown up - team first, individuals second", he continued. They want to finish the tournament on a high note.

The Barcelona star admitted he was only just well enough to play in the last four. But I wonder if we are going to get the game we wanted during the group stage of England's stars against Belgium's stars.

Heroes At their best - and we've seen that many times at this tournament - Belgium can lay claim to being the number one side in the world.

He said: "I don't think we thought we would necessarily go to a World Cup and play in the manner that we did and the control that we did".

"So it's nice that we've got the enthusiasm and the encouragement from the tournament".

A team boasting the talents of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic were struggling even to qualify for the World Cup before his appointment in October past year.

"We won't let each other go no more".

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