Vrsaljko hoping to be fit for World Cup semi-final

Vrsaljko hoping to be fit for World Cup semi-final

The charismatic 49-year-old - who is in Russian Federation as a TV pundit for English broadcaster ITV - told The Daily Mail Modric and fellow superstar Ivan Rakitic will pose problems for England in their World Cup semi-final on Wednesday they have not had to encounter thus far. Subasic was able to play through extra time and again made a key save in the penalty shootout as Croatia won 4-3 and advanced to the semifinals for the second time in its history. Fred will have to put the disappointment of not playing and not reaching behind the final behind him, enjoy a three week holiday, and return to Manchester ready to make an impact.

"Until five or six years ago I was bit vain, and in a way glad that in 1998 we set the bar so high that it was hard to even contemplate, let alone jump over it".

"We have had events on in camp when some of those guys have been in when the road was named at St George's (Park) after Sir Alf", he said.

Somehow, Mandzukic was fast enough to react to Ivan Perišic's header and shot past Jordan Pickford that send Croatia into their first-ever World Cup final.

Earlier players partied inside the dressing room in a raucous atmosphere as they toasted reaching the final four of the tournament.

Croatia's president dances with team after victory against Russian Federation
The two sides face off in Moscow, with the victor going on to play either Belgium or France in the final of the tournament. Croatia won 4-3 in a penalty shootout after the quarterfinal was tied 1-1 after regulation and 2-2 after extra time.

Former Croatia worldwide Filip Tapalovic has been surprised by the nation's World Cup run, highlighting their mentality and team spirit as crucial. "We were all happy, all hugging", Mbappe said.

After 10 years of Real's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi dominating the Ballon d'Or, there has been talk that leading his country to World Cup glory could see Modric break the pair's stranglehold on the award for the world's best player.

World Cup 2022 held in Qatar, the coach of Russia Stanislav Cherchesov has promised football fans a great result at the championship.

"Putin called me during the day, and he called me right now", Cherchesov said. He wishes the team "all the luck" in Sunday's final against France. "I think they've played a good tournament".