Croatia play down fatigue fears as they eye

PAUL PARKER Parker went on to win two Premier League titles at Manchester United and – following his retirement – he managed Chelmsford City and Welling United. He now works as a pundit mostly sports channels based abroad and has appeared on Sky Sp

PAUL PARKER Parker went on to win two Premier League titles at Manchester United and – following his retirement – he managed Chelmsford City and Welling United. He now works as a pundit mostly sports channels based abroad and has appeared on Sky Sp

"We have to be pragmatic and we have to be realistic", French manager Didier Deschamps said ahead of England vs. Croatia, according to ESPN. When player Kieran Trippier scored an early goal against Croatia in the first quarter, in fact, crowds of England fans erupted in raucous joy.

The Croatians went into Russian Federation as the 20th-ranked team in the world, but in particular their midfield talents of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic meant they were fancied by many as dark horses for a decent run.

Lovren was a defensive rock as Croatia came from behind to beat England in the semi-final on Wednesday and seal a date with France in Moscow on Sunday.

Croatia, a country of about 4 million people, came to a standstill as fans watched the game on screens in squares and cafes.

But emotions were to change, and fans in Bristol held their heads in their hands and wept following England's defeat.

"So I chose to build a pub", Lewis said.


"In the first half, give them credit they did play relatively well, in the second half, bottle jobs. That makes me proud".

"It's tough, we're gutted", Kane said.

Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties in Sochi on July 8 to book a spot in the World Cup semi-finals, while England outclassed Sweden 2-0 the day before Croatia's victory. "If we win I really want to be there, but I just can't afford the prices being quoted". You don't get that reaction if you haven't played as well as you have. "They played well and made it difficult for us.it's hard to put your finger of it".

But a place in the World Cup final against France was not to be.

"We were like lions out there tonight and we will be the same in the final".

The largest travelling support of the tournament so far, estimated before the game to be up to 10,000, were at Russia's biggest stage to witness the national side's failure to reach their first World Cup final in 52 years. "We worked so hard, the fans were wonderful, it was a tough game, a 50-50 game, when we look back we will think there's stuff we could have done better".

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