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Croatia’s World Cup coach always carries his rosary with him

13 July, 2018, 09:42 | Author: Delia Walker
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Croatia toughed it out in an extra-time thriller against England to reach the final for the first time in their history as an independent country.

Hopes had already begun to fade before Croatia scored their winning goal and there were cries of agony when the ball hit the back of the net. Since 2014 he strives like never before and leaves all his love for Croatia on the pitch!

"The only wish I have is to lift the cup for Croatia".

Dele Alli's model girlfriend Ruby Mae was there to support her nab while there was hugs all round for manager Gareth Southgate with his wife Alison and and teenage children Mia, 19, and Flynn, 15. The sentiment comes after the Croatian team has had a Cinderella-story tournament, in which they beat many teams they were expected to fall to. England have been eliminated from the World Cup right at the penultimate stage, and Croatia are now through to Sunday's finals instead.

"It is a very odd game because it's a fixture for two teams coming off the back of a disappointment, but the game is there and we need to play it", said the Chelsea man. Croatia's obvious quality from the second half onwards did not, and could not, soften the blow.

England learned that lesson in its opening 2-1 win over Tunisia in Volgograd. The team needed Kane to use his head in stoppage time to get the victor.

- Before losing 1-0 to Belgium at this year's World Cup, England had lost just one of the teams' previous 21 meetings (W15 D5).

"My most abiding memory has got to be the penalty save against Colombia", he said of his spectacular shootout stop from Carlos Bacca in the last-16.

Against Croatia, when the late chance came again, Kane could only guide it wide.

"But we are still going to be hurting because the game is only a couple of days away and we will still be thinking of the semi-final defeat and what could have been". "We restored some pride back into the shirt, which was an important thing for us to do".

In-fact, 72% of England's goals have come from set-pieces. Their pursuit will continue in the third-place game on Saturday in St. Petersburg. Gareth Southgate & his young England team did the country proud.

The best team won on Wednesday, I don't think anyone can really argue with that.



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