Friday, 17 August, 2018

Deflated England, Belgium get ready for third place clash

Kieran Trippier GETTYKieran Trippier put England ahead against Croatia with a sensational free-kick
Cassandra Gardner | 15 July, 2018, 08:42

In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, they have the midfield engines of both Real Madrid and Barcelona, while Mario Mandzukic, the scorer of their victor against the Three Lions, won the Champions League with Bavarian giants Bayern Munich and now plays for Italian champions Juventus. "We have some minor injuries but I hope we will overcome those today and all my players will be ready to play", the 51-year-old said.

England lost 2-1 in only their second World Cup semifinal since they won the tournament in 1966 on home soil, with Croatia going on to face France in the final on Sunday.

Croatia have become the smallest country to reach a World Cup Final since 1950 when Uruguay beat Brazil.

Deflated England and Belgium will nonetheless want to end their FIFA World Cup campaign somewhat on a high on Saturday. There's no question about that.

A team boasting the talents of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic were struggling even to qualify for the World Cup before his appointment in October a year ago.

Expressing their views, a section of the Ghanaian public who spoke to Ghanaweb TV on the streets of Accra, have concluded that Belgium would earn the staggering £18million at stake for the 3rd placed spot whiles England bag home £16million. "We are here to enjoy the final and give our best". "This is something all of us have in us, and it will be in us to the very last moment".

"I do not take a single decision until I have spoken to the players and got their feedback".

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Croatia captain Luka Modric believes the toughness of his World Cup squad has some roots in the war that broke up the former Yugoslavia.

The World Cup final is one which doesn't need much hype, as the excitement is ingrained into all of us.

"We're a bit outside the top four or five yet".

Mario Mandzukic has been pivotal to getting the Croats to the World Cup final. "The culture of our national team was in tatters, with players boycotting the shirt. It's taken 32 years to be in this position and that gives a real sense of satisfaction", Martinez added.

"We've had a wonderful experience, and I think all our supporters have as well so we'd like to thank you for that".

"Kalinic was warming up and was supposed to come on in the second half", Dalic said. I thought (John) Stones was absolutely outstanding and (Jordan) Pickford has had a wonderful tournament.

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