Croatia plots 'football Brexit' as England World Cup semi looms

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"The pressure of a World Cup, can they handle it?", Neville told ITV.

"We created some good chances when we were 1-0 up, maybe we dropped a little too deep but we didn't get enough pressure on the ball".

Both scored in Croatia's devastating 3-0 group-stage win over Argentina, while Modric also netted a penalty in the 2-0 victory against Nigeria.

However, there were far fewer teams then with just 13 in the first World Cup in 1930 and 16 four years later.

Ignashevich, who turns 39 next Saturday, won 17 domestic trophies with CSKA in a 15-year spell at the club. We're tired but there can be no excuses: we've got to the semi-final, we're here to enjoy ourselves and give our all, we do not want to say we're worn out or exhausted.

Messages have come in from all corners of the world as Croatia, a nation of just 4 million people, look to play in the World Cup final.

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Rhys Masters, from Southbourne, said: "This is the best squad we've had since I've been watching England".

"Thanks to the England team, and manager, for giving us this lovely World Cup run", he said. I asked him and he said he was OK, it did not affect him much. "We've made several pieces of history", Southgate said, urging his squad to keep up the level of play they have shown so far. They have players like Harry Maguire, Harry Kane, John Stones and others, who are very strong.

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"After 1998 [when Croatia lost to France in the semifinals], this is the best team for Croatia at a World Cup, and I believe they will win in the final".

HNS also said that Vukojevic and Vida apologised for their statements, saying they were not meant to be political messages but "unfortunately left room for such interpretations".

That's reflected in the betting because, while most of the money wagered on back bets in the victor market is behind France, the majority of bets have been put on England lifting the trophy in Moscow next Sunday.

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