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Croatian talisman Modric could make the difference against England

Croatia’s fans celebrate after the World Cup Quarter Final match Russia vs Croatia in Zagreb Croatia Croatian talisman Modric could make the difference against England
Kristopher Love | 11 July, 2018, 23:03

"I would give Luka three votes if I could", said Suker, who played for Sevilla, Real Madrid, Arsenal, West Ham and 1860 Munich during his career, and is now his country's football supremo, after Modric helped Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties in the quarter-finals. "We've already accomplished something big, but we want to do more", he told reporters.

"Another drama for us", said Real Madrid midfielder Modric.

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic appeared to tweak his hamstring against Russian Federation, which kept him from taking goal kicks by the end of the match.

With a number of Croatia's players the wrong side of 30 - Corluka is 32 - the versatile veteran acknowledges time is running out for his team to surpass their fabled 1998 side, who reached the World Cup semi-finals in France before taking bronze.

"We have had events on in camp when some of those guys have been in when the road was named at St George's (Park) after Sir Alf", he said. Against Russia too, Modric came into his own more in the second session as Rakitic slipped into a deep-lying midfield role leaving Modric to go for adventure.

"I am sure the same again will happen on Wednesday - and hopefully on Sunday". But he saved fantastically the first shot in the shootout. Luka Modric has been the pivot of that team but it is also fair to say the team is built on profound unity and strength that has been the precursor to the enormous successes. "Thank God everything is fine with him".

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

And Mandzukic, who set up former Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric for the equalise in normal time, made sure it was an extra enjoyable experience for his hometown people by laying out just short of £3,000 on beer for them to guzzle.

Some stores will close early to enable employees to watch the match, which starts at 20:00 SA time, with various concerts, plays and cinema shows cancelled.

"We tried. I think the whole team gave 100 percent". And physical preparation. if the player is not in good physical shape, he will not play well in a World Cup.

Coach of Russia's national soccer team Stanislav Cherchesov waves to the crowd during a meeting with supporters at the FIFA Fan Fest in Moscow, a host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia July 8, 2018.