Comeback kings Croatia have unfinished business at the World Cup

World Cup 2018: Modric reveals Croatia biggest concern ahead of England clash

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Croatia have the vitality to beat England in their World Cup semi final despite playing in two consecutive matches that have gone to extra-time and penalties, coach Zlatko Dalic said.

Dalic was full of praise for the Barcelona midfielder, saying Rakitic was in career-best form heading into a last-four clash with England on Wednesday.

Much was made of Croatia's gruelling run to the semi-final with their previous two games going to penalties, but Modric, 32, said the team used talk about them being exhausted as a motivation.

Soon, social media platforms began to get flooded with photos of a model, who the users claimed were the Croatian president posing in bikini. Meanwhile, England captain Harry Kane with 6 goals still leads the race for the golden boot.

FIFA said it is "monitoring the situation concerning Mr. Vrbanovic as it expects all officials and member associations involved in the 2018 FIFA World Cup to abide by the core values of fair play and protect the image of football".

'We were unlucky in previous major tournaments, particularly at Euros, but now we are collecting those debts at the World Cup this year'.

"We played a high press on their backline".

Croatia shrug
FoxCroatian goalkeeper Danijel Subasic could only shrug as the ball flew past him

But if Croatia go on to win the World Cup, Modric has a serious case for the award. Croatia's win over England was easy since Croatia had to come from one goal down.

"We were undermanned in midfield", said Dalic. All football lovers know Modric is an incredible player.

However, the 32-year-old for now is only bothered about winning the World Cup rather than caring about individual awards.

Modric said: "It means everything. We were much better technically and physically than England".

"Honestly, individual awards are not important for me. We want to bring a medal home and see how it shines".

Ignashevich started all five of the host nation's games at the World Cup, as Russian Federation generally played a deep defensive line which compensated for his lack of speed.

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