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Dier wary of 'world class' Rakitic and Modric

Dier wary of 'world class' Rakitic and Modric

Team Russia coached by Stanislav Cherchesov lost to Croatia in the quarter-final match at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi on Saturday night.

In a video which was published on her official Facebook page she is seen dancing and singing along with the members of the Croatian team in the dressing room.

Croatia have singled out Raheem Sterling as the chief threat posed by England ahead of the World Cup semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday.

But now he is taking aim at England in a World Cup semi final. Martinez hopes to succeed where they failed by employing a two-year process to ensure "this is a team, this is not a group of individuals".

"I've met quite a few of those players and we know exactly how they're held and perhaps, in the modern era, that would be even crazier".

"I'm not thinking about it, only about my national team succeeding", he said. First, his team needs to get past France on Tuesday to earn a spot in the final for the first time.

"I'm more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on", said the eight-time champion after seeing off France's Adrian Mannarino in straight sets on Monday.




"They fought. It was a real playoff match against not the weakest team in the world".

"Thank you, Russia. For the atmosphere and the celebration of football". And physical preparation. if the player is not in good physical shape, he will not play well in a World Cup.

Croatia defender Vedran Corluka believes England's style of play will suit his side more than their past two opponents' did when they do battle this week for a place in the World Cup final.

They have underachieved in recent years despite boasting a side including Modric, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic. They have players like Harry Maguire, Harry Kane, John Stones and others, who are very strong.

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is really fast and his combination with Harry Kane is really risky".

Some stores will close early to enable employees to watch the match, which starts at 20:00 SA time, with various concerts, plays and cinema shows cancelled. "I've played against Modric and he's world class ... one of the best there is".


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