Croatia 'role model' Luka Modric backed for Ballon d'Or by Davor Suker

Pauline Gross
July 12, 2018

With only European football (soccer) teams left in the running to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup, France and England are considered front-runners, according to data provided by Russia's Public Opinion Research Center.

"In my personal opinion, I think this is the best he's playing for the Croatian national team". "We're concentrating on what we want to do and create". It's an wonderful achievement for us, it's a dream come true after such a long time.

Subasic appeared to pick up a significant leg injury in the final moments of the second half on Saturday.

The Three Lions have scored eight times from set-pieces in Russian Federation already, the most at a World Cup since Portugal in 1966.

Modric said: "It means everything".

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"Nobody wanted to give in when I was preparing the first XI, nobody wanted to say I was not ready in extra time, no one wanted to be subbed and this shows character and what makes me proud. It will be a battle again, but I trust us and I have belief in us". But he saved fantastically the first shot in the shootout. They should be more humble and respectful. "Thank God everything is fine with him". "It is true we have not made good results at major tournaments for decades, but we should not be surprised Croatia are in the last four of the World Cup given the quality of the players, which has been proven".

"I was concentrated throughout the match, but after Rakitic's penalty the emotion came bursting out of me".

Dalic's side now face England, who comfortably beat Sweden 2-0 earlier in the day, in their semifinal on Wednesday in Moscow.

"Their journalists and pundits on television were talking prior to this match about us being exhausted, being the walking dead", Modric told beIN SPORTS.

"We've been one of the youngest teams in the tournament, the least experienced, (and) we were never quite sure how far this team could go", the coach said, adding that all his players will be available for Wednesday's match.

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