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

Gary Neville: 'Harry Kane has not been himself'

Super slo-mo video footage has put a new spin on one of the most contentious moments of England's World Cup semi-final defeat against Croatia.

But he failed to find the net against Croatia in Wednesday's semi-final as England agonisingly let a 1-0 lead slip to lose 2-1. One thing that brings me happiness is that all my players tell whether they are not 100 per cent fit.

"We know that this is the biggest game of our lives, and we want to leave the pitch with our heads held high and to be able to say we've done everything. They have such an attitude".

The inspiration of Luka Modric, the anchor provided by Ivan Rakitic and attacking prowess of Mario Mandzukic will all be needed again if Croatia are to continue their fairytale run and lift the gold-plated trophy.

"We have nothing to train. I hope. that all of the British journalists have felt part of what we're doing", Southgate told journalists.

Now, with the World Cup winding down and England players heading home to their various clubs, ready for the next domestic season, it's natural for fans to start thinking about the future.

Dalic, 51, was little known outside his homeland until the tournament, but has masterminded an incredible turnaround in Croatia's fortunes. "Still, it is a great achievement to play in the final and we can only be proud of what our soccer team has done in the World Cup", 59-year old Darko Ilakovac said.

His first match in charge was a must-win qualifier away to Ukraine just to make it into a playoff where they beat Greece.

Croatia rides the wave into final
It doesn't just concern the 23 players, coaching staff and backroom staff, but the 4.5 million people back home. In 2014, champion Germany received $35 million and runner-up Argentina got $25 million.

The Three Lions roared into the United Kingdom on Sunday afternoon, touching down at Birmingham Airport with captain and top scorer Harry Kane preparing to lead the team back onto British soil.

Russian Federation denies any link to the incident and accuses Britain of using the poisoning to try and discredit the World Cup. "We have some young players underneath this group".

"I expect them to do so, they need to have such an attitude".

Modric's indictment still has to be formally approved by a Croatian court and he is not now facing arrest.

While Trippier was left devastated by the extra-time defeat to Croatia, he was still able to mount an impassioned argument for why English football has rediscovered its heart and soul during 33 unforgettable days in Russian Federation.

Deschamps could become only the third to win soccer's top prize as both player and coach, having captained France in their previous triumph 20 years ago. "Hopefully there will be four mn people out on the streets celebrating".

"We're very proud but we haven't won in the end and there is, I guess, a balance of all of that". I would pay any price for the success of my country.

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