Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Croatia unsure if Nikola Kalinic will receive World Cup medal

Croatia have not yet made the decision whether Nikola Kalinic will receive a medal for his participation in the World Cup.

England captain Harry Kane is now be nearly certain to finish the World Cup as the tournament's top scorer, but former Three Lions boss Sam Allardyce reckons the Spurs striker cost his Country the chance to secure a place in the final against France. Kalinic cited a back injury as the reason why he did not want to play and also as the reason why he did not train the day before the game, but Dalic implied he was using the injury as an excuse to hide his displeasure with being left out of the starting XI.

"During the Nigeria encounter, Kalinic was warming up and was supposed to come on in the second half". It denied the Three Lions a best finish at a World Cup since they won the tournament in 1966.

Croatia defeated England 2-1 after extra-time in Wednesday night's semi-final to book their place in the final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. "That loss will inspire us to do well in the final", he said.

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Interestingly, Croatia's neighbours in the former Yugoslavia will certainly be backing the side in the final.

Gareth Southgate's squad, who fly in to Birmingham Airport, will leave Russian Federation with a bitter taste in their mouth despite getting to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

Please be aware that there will be no public viewing area to see the England Football team arrive home so we strongly advise the public not to come to Birmingham Airport as you will not see the team.

Watching from afar, Blazevic, now 83, is a proud man.

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