Luka Modric on England game

Luka Modric said that it was disappointing for them to have lost their game against England in the Nations League. When asked whether England has improved since their last meeting at the World Cup, he said that it was to the England team to assess whether they have improved or not.

He said that England has an exciting young team and that they have some good players. He believes that they only can get better and that they will be among the favorites to win the Euro 2020.
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Croatia coach confirms Sime Vrsaljko did not suffer serious injury versus England

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic has confirmed that Sime Vrjaljko did not suffer any serious injury during the Nations League clash against England on Sunday. The Inter Milan ace was substituted within the 26th minute of the game after a muscular issue and thereafter, the Croatians went on to suffer a 2-1 defeat despite holding the initial advantage.

Speaking to reporters, Dalic clarified that there was nothing serious with the Croatian right-back but he did not want to any risks with the player owing to his club commitments thereafter, he said: “Following the tough 90 minutes against Spain and just two-day recovery before the England encounter, we were aware that our players wouldn’t be perfectly fit. After a tackle in a dangerous situation, Vrsaljko felt his muscle and our assessment was to prevent any further trouble by taking him off. He’s not a doubt for the upcoming club matches, as he proved at the World Cup and wearing his Internazionale jersey that he can play difficult matches at a high level in a short period of time.”
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Sky Sports pundit heaps praise on Luka Modric after bagging The Best award

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes Luka Modric truly deserves The Best Player of the Year award from FIFA after being influential for club and country last term. The Croatia international bagged his third successive Champions League crown with Real Madrid last season and he thereafter went on to star for Croatia at the World Cup where they were eventually runners up to France.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Merson feels there are no question marks regarding the Croatian’s showing at the World Cup and highlighted the semi-final against England as one of his standouts, he said: “Definitely. For the World Player of the Year, the pinnacle is the World Cup and the way he performed at the tournament was just unreal. In the England game, he just constantly kept on running. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone as fit as that on a football pitch. He just kept on going and going and not just running, his quality. I just think he’s top, top drawer.”
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ENRIQUE NAMES SQUAD TO FACE CROATIA AND ENGLAND

Former Barcelona coach and current manager of the Spanish national side LuizEnriuqehas named his squad to face Croatia and England. Spain named a young crop of stars to face the Three Lions and then World Cup finalist Croatia.

Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and David Silva, who were part of the award winning teams, have since retired so Enrique is charged with building a new squad that can help restore Spain to their former top spot in Europe.
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WC 18: HOW FAR CAN STAR STUDDED CROATIA GO?

The star studded Croatia side has performed below expectations many times. This time, in Russia, the team is hoping to match expectations. Luka Modric recently bossed the Champions League final, controlling the game with his passes and dribbles. He is a game changer and his blend of skills is expected to help propel the team beyond the group stage of the World Cup.

Modric has the support of Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic, Barcelona’s IvanRakitic and his club mate MateoKovacic.There are also brand names like Ivan PerisicDejanLovren, SimeVrsaljko and others, expected to make a strong push in the finals.
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TURKEY DEFEAT CROATIA, KEEP WC HOPES ALIVE

Cent Tosun’s sole goal was enough to earn the Turks full points against Croatia on Tuesday.


The victory keeps their World Cup hopes alive. With two games left to play, the result was a huge blow to the hopes of the group leaders.

Tosun scored in the 75th minute as the Croatian keeper Daniel Subasic stopped an effort from OguzhanOzyakup, setting the player for an easy rebound goal. The Turk surely didn’t miss from there.

The result is a significant boost to the Turks after losing 2-0 to Ukraine on Saturday. The atmosphere was electric after the goal as fans in the northwestern city of Eskisehir knew their hopes were alive once more. Read more “TURKEY DEFEAT CROATIA, KEEP WC HOPES ALIVE”

PERISIC’S PRIME DESERVE TO BE SPENT AWAY FROM INTER

Inter Milan forward Ivan Perisic, despite playing for one of the most exciting young teams ever witnessed in German football, most times ended up at the peripheral side of activities.


His 42 match appearances in the two year stint he spent under the tutelage of current Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp – amidst stars like IkayGundogan, NuriSahin and Shinji Kagawa – was mostly doctored by substitute appearances

The Borussen won one Bundesliga and a DFB Pokal and all along the aforementioned stars were more involved than the Croatia international.

This was a player who was crowned the Belgian League’s player of the season in 2011 and managed to bag in 31 goals throughout his stay. Dortmund was supposed to be a higher platform on which he could showcase his value most importantly since the then coach took a special likeningto youths over experience. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t get much of the action. Read more “PERISIC’S PRIME DESERVE TO BE SPENT AWAY FROM INTER”

MODRIC APPOINTED NEW CROATIA CAPTAIN

Real Madrid play maker Luka Modric has been named the captain of Croatia, following the retirement of veteran Darijo Srna.


Modric was picked out by coach Ante Cacic to lead the team as preparation for the World Cup gets underway this week.

Modric would lead the team when they take on Turkey on September 5. The 30-year old was in action when Croatia played at the Euro 2016. He does not lack admirers, but he said he would prefer to end his career with his current club. The former Tottenham Hotspur player moved to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2012. He has won two Champions League titles, but was yet to win the domestic trophy.

“I am not interested in anyone but real. I am too happy at Real. Probably there are some others asking about me, but I don’t want to know, I don’t care. My mission is at Real as long as Real want me,” Modric told Sportske Novosti.

Barcelona has exerted their dominance in Spain, winning the La Liga regularly, though Atletico Madrid lifted the title in the 2013/14 season. Last term, Real Madrid finished second, a point below Barcelona. Modric said it was time they changed that, hinting at the possible priority of the team this season. Read more “MODRIC APPOINTED NEW CROATIA CAPTAIN”

Croatia Puts Up Valiant Efforts Against Portugal

Croatia, along with other teams is in the focus due to the euro 2016 tournament that is ongoing right now.

If you have seen the recent match that was played between Croatia and Portugal you will realize that the match had been a difficult one for both teams. Indeed, Croatia definitely puts up a formidable performance in the match. It was only at the end that they could not save themselves from the goal that Ricardo scored for Portugal and secured victory for his team.

You might have seen the game, the way the teams played and how the last minute victory exhausted all the efforts that Croatia put in to keep up their team at the winning edge. The tie position that Croatia was with Portugal was thus changed in favor of Portugal. However, for those who witnessed the game, they will realize that Croatia played brilliantly, against their formidable opponent and made it difficult for the team to score goals. That is after all what determines the level of playing on a team and not how many goals are scored or given away by a team.
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MAXIMUM POINTS

Croatia have revealed that they will be looking to get the maximum points from the opening match against Brazil in the FIFA World Cup 2014. This will be the opening match of the tournament, and Brazil come into the encounter was the overwhelming favourites as the host of the tournament. It took a last-minute miracle from the Croatians to get into the World Cup, but after having done so, they are targeting success of the tournament. It would be great achievement even if they reach the quarter-finals of the competition.

In order to do so, they have set their sights on winning the opening game. Croatia captain Darijo Srna has raised the possibility of an upset in the first match of the tournament by saying that a World Cup is full of surprises and anything is possible. Incredibly, Croatia managed to reach the semifinals and finished third in the competition back in 1998. This was their first appearance in a World Cup, but incredibly, it was only a few years after the war in the nation. Powered by the likes of Luka Modric, Srna believes that the nation can achieve success in the competition.

The presence of Bayern Munich hitman Mario Mandzukic, who has been in fine form for his club, is a major boost for Croatia.

“World Cup opening games are always tense and nervous. Anything can happen. Surprises are always possible,” Croatia captain Darijo Srna said. “Brazil in the first game with the whole world watching, it will be something. We will try to make it difficult for them. We won’t just be there as tourists. You only get a shot at the World Cup every four years, so we want to leave behind a lasting impression,” Croatia coach Niko Kovac said. Kovac was appointed as the national team manager only recently.