Jaded Croatia look to master Modric to carry them through against England

Is Modric the best midfielder in the world

The Croatia right-back was substituted during extra time against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals, with Zlatko Dalic's side going on to prevail in a penalty shoot-out.

The more concerning news for England is that our record against right-wing teams in this year's competition is more mixed than against the left.

Like England, France have won one World Cup, and also like England it took place on home soil.

The charismatic 49-year-old - who is in Russian Federation as a TV pundit for English broadcaster ITV - told The Daily Mail Modric and fellow superstar Ivan Rakitic will pose problems for England in their World Cup semi-final on Wednesday they have not had to encounter thus far.

Luka Modric celebrates after scoring his penalty in the shoot-out win over Russian Federation.

When Dele Alli scored England's second goal, he performed the "Ride the Pony" emote from - you guessed it - Fortnite.

"Croatia has great players playing at the greatest clubs, but it is true we have not had good results at major tournament for decades", the coach said on Tuesday.

"He deserves all the accolades he gets from the media and public".


Lady Elsie said: "Bob would be thrilled by the progress of this talented England team".

Phil has assured us that this is all a bit of fun and that he's not trying to exploit his pet to get rich - and we of course believe him. Belgium finally showed on the pitch why so many rate them so highly and have tipped them to do well in this tournament.

The World Cup final will take place in Moscow on Sunday afternoon, local time.

The Croats were to suffer a similar late reverse when eventual champions Portugal defeated them in extra-time of the Euro 2016 Last 16 clash.

"We took a hard route. We were unlucky at previous tournaments but now we are collecting those debts this year", said Modric after Saturday's win over Russian Federation in Sochi. "We don't fear England".

"I hope we can outdo them". Ronaldo played last Monday but did not score.

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