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Croatia president celebrates World Cup win at NATO summit

16 July, 2018, 08:50 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Luka Modric played for Tottenham for four years

Croatia's current World Cup squad contains only one English-based player, but several others have made a mark on England's domestic leagues in recent times.

"So we should not be surprised that Croatia are in the semi-finals given the quality of the players". But have we been too quick to dismiss Luka Modric and co? - they wonder at Sky News, bringing six things you need to know about Croatia.

Modric has played a starring role for Croatia in the World Cup so far, helping them reach the semifinals of the competition for the first time since 1998 after a nail-biting penalty shootout win over hosts Russian Federation last week. The Croatia President congratulated the team and her enthusiasm at watching her team emerge successful is unbeatable. "We started slowly today but we showed our character and again came from a goal behind just like we did in the previous knockout rounds".

Croatia also have a score to settle with France as the 1998 winners were the ones who knocked them out of the Semi-Finals back then.

"We are deservedly in the final", he said.

The equaliser relieved the Croatians who dominated play for the greater part of the second half before Juventus forward Mario Mandžukić grabbed the victor in extra time, 109th minute to be precise.




Croatia defender Dejan Lovren said Modric deserves to win the Ballon d'Or if they win Sunday's final, describing his team-mate as the "best midfield player in the world".

"We deserved to reach the final". "In 20 years we have really become a football force".

"The lads can come away from this tournament and be proud of what they've done, but at the end we did come up a little bit short".

In the first five minutes of the game, Kieran Trippier gave England the lead with a fabulous free-kick.which somehow opened an account for the match.

UEFA said Wednesday it is awaiting developments to assess Vrbanovic's role as a member of European soccer's committee overseeing national team competitions.

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