Russian Federation record holder Ignashevich retires after World Cup exit

I think we deserve to be there. But we have to kill games earlier.

"Putin called me during the day, and he called me right now", Cherchesov said. "It will be a battle again but I trust us, I have belief in us".

Just don't suggest Croatia will be tired in the final when it returns to the Luzhniki Stadium on July 15.

Modric has been tipped to win the Golden Ball award at the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation having been named man of the match in three of Croatia's five wins so far.

"Both teams have shown their qualities, we do not seek revenge, this is football, this is sport, but what we have to do is focus on preparing to play our best game of the tournament in the final".

It has been a memorable campaign thus far for Modric, who was influential in helping Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League crown.

Vukojevic, a former Croatia worldwide, published the video on social media after the match on Saturday in a move which was criticised by Russian politicians. "Only great teams can be as courageous as we were and fight back from a goal down against teams like England".

The match takes place in Moscow on Wednesday evening, and Dalic has warned his team should not be underestimated. "We deserved to be in that final after such an unbelievable effort", Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic said.

Dalic's side were clearly exhausted, but they managed to fight on to the end of two hours of gripping football to take the country of just over four million people into the final for the first time.

"We have to play as if this were the first game in this tournament". Indeed, many spectators thought the same, given that the Croatian side came from two successive matches that went to penalties. The big teams are home. 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.

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