Croatia will be ready for France in final, says coach Dalic

  • Croatia will be ready for France in final, says coach Dalic

Croatia will be ready for France in final, says coach Dalic

Federation Internationale de Football Association is letting a top Croatian soccer official watch the team's World Cup semifinal against England from a VIP section on Wednesday despite him being convicted last month in a corruption case linked to the transfer of Luka Modric.

But Real Madrid star Modric could prove the difference as Croatia aim to go one step further than Suker's class of 1998 and reach the World Cup final when they meet England in the semis tomorrow in Moscow.

England are Croatia's opponents in the final four of the tournament as they bid to reach their first final.

England fans were left devastated as the nation missed out on a place in the World Cup final.

"Twenty years ago I was back at home in my hometown and I rooted for Croatia wearing the Croatia jersey".

The criminal case hasn't affected Croatia's progress to its first World Cup semifinal in 20 years, despite Modric being charged with perjury in March.

With such a modest population, they are the smallest country to get to a World Cup final since Uruguay back in 1950, and in the modern game it is a staggering achievement. "What the lads played tonight was fantasy, they've made history", Dalic said. I felt something unusual and, after discussion with doctors, we decided I should go off. He guided the team to the quarter-finals of the competition in 2014 when they were beaten 1-0 by tournament winners Germany.

"Unfortunately our dream has been postponed, and it is very painful for all of us that after so much work and dedication on the part of each player, technical commission, and staff, there is enormous pain", he wrote.

"We are deservedly in the final", he said.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is already refusing to use his team's weariness as an excuse, but just as it was against England, the condition of the players is bound to be a central question in the biggest game Croatia has ever played.

Croatia fans celebrate at the end of the semifinal match between Croatia and England, in Zagreb. At that time, we had a lot of players at the best clubs in the world, and that's the case now so we are happy.

The French players danced on the field after their victory but toned it down slightly to shake hands with Thierry Henry, who helped Les Bleus win the World Cup in 1998 and is now Belgium's assistant coach.

Modric, along with Mario Mandzukic, are the 32-year-olds who have propelled Croatia to its first major soccer final.

"We played better than we did against Argentina".