Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Croatia's Luka Modric Admits He Would Prefer to Face the Old England

Croatia's Luka Modric Admits He Would Prefer to Face the Old England

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"Russia is the 70th best team in the world in the company of Cape Verde, Finland, Albania, Jamaica, and others". Neither has a World Cup medal though. Croatia's team is jam-packed with talent but cutting off the supply from Modric and Rakitic will stop them ticking over.

What has shone through from the Croatia camp is how much relish there is for the meeting with England. Subašić was characterized as a more reliable goalkeeper than Akinfeev, the talented Golovin is still inadequate to Modrić, and Mandžukić had the advantage over Artem Dzyuba. "I actually remember one story about him but I will keep it to myself".

"This is the result of our hard work, and of the quality of players who play at the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan". Other than Perišić (29) though, the trio are all the wrong side of 30 and may not see another World Cup.

Modric and his team-mates watched England's 2-0 regulation time win over Sweden in the quarter-final earlier on Saturday and they noted how Harry Maguire's headed opener from a corner had shaped the occasion. Croatia shouldn't be scared of either and will see this as a great chance to better 1998.

"We could have been eliminated against Denmark [in the last 16]".

"I'll obviously speak to the forwards and tell them what I think", Henderson said.

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