Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup


Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

"We are concentrating on what's going on now".

So impressive in the centre of the park for Croatia has Modric been, that he is now one of the favourites to win the Golden Ball, but the experienced midfielder insists he is only focused on his teams success. The Three Lions are confident, and why shouldn't they be?

As reported by ESPN FC on Monday, the inflatable unicorn races in the swimming pool at England's Repino base, as well as the Fortnite competitions, darts and 10-pin bowling, have turned this World Cup campaign into what Ashley Young described as a "holiday".

Prediction: Worn down after two straight penalty shoot-out wins, Croatia eventually fall victim to yet another set-piece goal from England.

The two sides have met seven times in the past with England winning their last two clashes.

Danijel Subasic will play through the pain barrier to help Croatia achieve their dream of playing in a World Cup final this weekend. If either side won 3-0 it wouldn't shock me, but I'm going Belgium 2-1.

Croatia's Luka Modric celebrates with Dejan Lovren after winning the quarterfinal match between Russian Federation and Croatia.

Croatia, who became independent in the early 1990s, have reached the World Cup last four once before, in their debut World Cup appearance in 1998. "But it was a long time ago so not too many of us can remember that far back".

Whether that is fair or not, given that Ivan Perisic doesn't provide him with much cover, is up for debate but it was clear that Russian Federation targeted that area as they forced Croatia to penalties in their quarter-final. "We've talked about how important it is to have that spirit".

It might sound a stretch, but some England fans want matchday in Moscow dubbed "Waistcoat Wednesday" in tribute to manager Gareth Southgate, who has taken to wearing a waistcoat on the touch-line along with suit pants and a dress shirt and tie.

However, Kane's partner in attack, Raheem Sterling, has pace to burn and England's totem will be on hand to benefit if that causes problems for the Croatians.

"But the feel of this group of players is very similar to the player we had [in 1996]".

Croatia have to be a like a boxer, coming out swinging, they have to hit the front. Kane scored three times for Tottenham against Liverpool last season, and Lovren didn't enjoy the best of times marking the 24-year-old striker. The forward has come in for criticism on social media during the tournament and the same was the case against Sweden after some missed opportunities.

The captain was the man of the match again in the penalty shootout win over Russian Federation in Sochi at the weekend.

The big Croatian looks likely to shake off the hamstring injury that hampered him against the Russians and would be an imposing figure between the sticks for England's penalty takers if a place in the final came down to spot-kicks.



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