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Luka Modric slams English media following Croatia win

Lovren Presser GETTYDejan Lovren responds to questions from the media ahead of tomorrow's semi-final against England
Guillermo Jimenez | 12 July, 2018, 14:28

Local fans are now gearing up for the final match against France on Sunday.

England went ahead with its ninth set-piece goal of the tournament, after Luca Modric tripped Dele Alli, giving England a free kick about 25 yards out in the centre of the field.

Vecernji's website devoted an unusual amount of space to gloating over the fate of the losing team, with headlines such as "Football's not coming home", "The arrogance hit them back", "The English are sore losers" and even published a photo gallery titled "Look how the English cry after losing to Croatia" with pictures of downbeat players and fans.

"We had a good spell we went one nil up and we had a couple of chances we're we could have got another".

"Tonight we weren't quite there but we will learn from that".

Trump lashes out at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies calling for increase in defence spending
For many years I dreamed of freedom, just as many others did - also of the freedom to travel to the United States", she said then. But as noted above, American defense expenditures are for much more than just protecting Europe.

'We were planning to leave, but now we have to stay until Monday, ' said Sinisa Pavlek, a Croatian living in Germany as he emerged from the stadium with a broad smile on his face.

"We have to be proud of what we've achieved".

Talk about the potential rule loophole started after Portugal's Jose Fonte strangely chose to stay in the field of play while the rest of his team celebrated Cristiano Ronaldo's equaliser against Spain off the pitch. They have to use this experience for benefit and I know that what's happened over the last few weeks will make them a stronger team.

After a goalless first 15 minutes of extra-time, and penalties looking like a big possibility, it was Croatia that ended England's dream of World Cup glory when Mario Mandzukic crept it at the far post to fire home what would ultimately be the victor.

One said: "In tears that England are out". We're taking it step by step.

Hamilton takes pole in Silverstone
After the race, Hamilton had pointed out that twice in three races a Ferrari driver had collided with a Mercedes on the first lap. As a result, five laps before the finish Vettel was ahead of Valtteri Bottas and kept the lead until the completion of the race.

"He's captained the team brilliantly over the tournament and I can't ask for more from him".

Southgate has named an unchanged team from Saturday's 2-0 victory over Sweden, with the opportunity to secure England a place in their first World Cup final since 1966.

Josip Pivaric of Croatia celebrates his Fifa World Cup semifinal win over England.

"We all feel the pain of the defeat". Did we expect to be in this position?

"Until they scored [the equaliser] we were always under cosh", Kane said. "It's very hard to put that into context and a bit too soon really, because I think you have to suffer the result a little bit".

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Should Root be trying to up his power to keep pace with others? Add Ben Stokes to it and England bear a formidable look. Certainly he has been in great form. "That will be the most important question".

"Yeah of course [I want to play]. We wanted to give the fans a final, but we have to dust ourselves down and go again in a couple of years". "We dominated the game physically, mentally, in all aspects". "That will be the challenge".

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