Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic says English disrespect was 'extra motivation'


Croatia need a goal soon.

It was a different game from then on, with Croatia suddenly playing with accuracy and goal as England lost their shape and composure, though Kane missed a chance to win it in stoppage time when he headed wide from a free kick.

"England progressed from a group stage exit in 2014 to a semi-final defeat in extra-time four years later".

The quarter-final against Sweden saw England triumph with a relatively comfortable 2-0 win over Sweden, setting up Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia. I honestly think that he didn't do much to justify his continuous selection by Gareth Southgate. "God willing, we will be world champions".

As the match progressed, goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic got the Mediterranean nation over the line, and Modric took the opportunity after that match to have his say about the English media.

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The Three Lions were off to a great start and were ahead just five minutes into the match, courtesy of a sensational free-kick from wing-back Kieran Trippier. Jesse Lingard sent an open 18-yard shot just wide in the 35th.

The Daily Mail posted an image of Southgate and Harry Kane with the caption: "Yes, it all ended in tears".

England continued to dominate for the first half, missing chances to add to their lead before the break.

"But knockout football is fine margins and when you have spells in the game and when you have chances against real quality, you've got to make them count".

England initially regrouped well in extra time with Marcus Rashford introducing some pace and Croatia were grateful for Vrsaljko's goalline clearance of a John Stones header. The injuries started to pile up, legs looked gassed and the opportunity to seal it became reality for Mandzukic, who sneaked behind the back of England defender John Stones to score the victor.

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"This is a miracle".

"They'll be the best team we've played in terms of what they're capable of doing with the ball, and what their individuals are capable of, definitely", he said (via Sky Sports). Tonight we weren't quite there.

"We can hold our heads up high", said team Captain Harry Kane after the loss. "We got further than anyone else could thought we would have".

Still, this is England's best performance in decades, and with third place still up for grabs we should all be dead proud of our boys.

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