Suker backs Croatia 'role model' Modric for Ballon d'Or

Suker backs Croatia 'role model' Modric for Ballon d'Or

Suker backs Croatia 'role model' Modric for Ballon d'Or

"We've already had our first knockout win in 12 years, our first win in a penalty shootout in a World Cup for England, the highest number of goals scored in an individual game (against Panama)", added former defender Southgate. "It is important that we stay like that, keep going and hopefully we achieve something to make it even more special - to get to the final and win it".

Team England will bid to end their 28-year wait to reach a World Cup semi-final when they face Sweden on Saturday after Brazil were out in the quarter finals by Belgium.

"I'm totally blown away, this is insane", said 41-year-old Gilles Rove in Paris' Belleville neighbourhood. Anyway, we won and the staff made this big thing about my lucky socks, saying I had to wear them next game. "His team-mates play at top clubs, it's going to be a hard task but if we're ready to give our all on the pitch like against Argentina, if we're compact, I don't believe there will be problems".

"He deserves all the accolades he gets from the media and public". They are in the better half of the draw and we have a proper team, full of quality, full of experience.

Asked what Macron told the players, Les Bleus young forward Kylian Mbappe told TF1: "He said he would come back for the final, to see us with the cup".

There is little prospect that they would have come this far without Modric, who as a boy was forced to flee his village home after his grandfather was killed by Serb forces in the Croatian independence war. The offence carries a penalty of up to five years in jail.

"Only football can make all Croatians go out to the streets".

Despite his off-field troubles, Modric been an admirable leader for his team on the field, allowing them to match the great side of 1998 that reached the last four in France.

The Croats were to suffer a similar late reverse when eventual champions Portugal defeated them in extra-time of the Euro 2016 Last 16 clash. "We were unlucky at previous tournaments but now we are collecting those debts this year", said Modric after Saturday's win over Russian Federation in Sochi.

The clashes lasted over an hour, with several reported injured. Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic (295 worldwide appearances between them) are all on the wrong side of 30 and could very well call full-time on their global careers after the weekend concludes.

"Hopefully we will go a step further than in 1998".

Ex-Real Madrid forward Davor Suker, the current president of the country's football federation, was the golden boot victor in 1998 with six goals for a team that also featured AC Milan midfielder Zvonimir Boban, as well as defenders Igor Stimac and Slaven Bilic - both of whom played in England.

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