Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Luka Modric wary of England's threat

Luka Modric wary of England's threat

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England fans walk home disappointed after losing to Croatia in the Fifa World Cup semifinals.

Eric Dier heaped praise on Croatia duo Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric, warning that England must contain them if they are to book a first World Cup final spot in 52 years.

Croatia will square off with England in the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday night.

Speaking to ITV, former Croatia manager Slaven Bilic said winning the World Cup would be the greatest sporting achievement in the country's history, which he now rates as a third-placed finish at France 1998. But England has not been in the final since 1966, when it won its only World Cup title.

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"It's been an enjoyable journey, and we want to keep it going", Southgate, 47, said at a press conference at Luzhniki Stadium on the eve of the Croatia-England clash.

"We have come an incredibly long way in a short period of time". Both squads are deep and are dealing with relatively few injuries, though Belgium will be missing defender Thomas Meunier, who picked up his second yellow card for tripping Neymar in the 2-1 quarterfinal win over Brazil.

Bilic, who is presently out of work having been sacked by Premier League side West Ham last season, experienced some of the highs and the lows with the Croatian players such as being seconds away from the Euro 2008 semi-finals only for Turkey to level and progress on penalties. Last year, he made a 20,000 euros donation to firefighters in Dalmatia so that they received new equipment to help them tackle wildfires that spread in and around Split.

"We came to support our team as we do not think they lost", said Kristina Ladygina, waiting at the Federation Internationale de Football Association "fan fest" zone for the players to appear.

"There was a lot of energy needed for it, we do not have much time and we have to be ready for the game in three days.I'm glad we demonstrated strength at such matches and adapted their style, we played the best we could and finally got those matches".

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