Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Mario Mandzukic: Croatia have what it takes to surprise England keeper Pickford

Mario Mandzukic: Croatia have what it takes to surprise England keeper Pickford

Russia's unexpected World Cup run ended on penalties after a thrilling quarter-final against Croatia on Saturday, and the hosts left the stage having earned the admiration of fans both home and overseas for their indomitable spirit.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Quarter Final - Russia fans watch Russia vs Croatia - FIFA Fan Fest, Moscow, Russia - July 7, 2018 A Russia fan reacts during the game.

Former England worldwide Wayne Rooney on Tuesday praised the performance displayed by England in the ongoing World Cup in Russian Federation. "We know we have some unbelievable players and a great manager and everyone is clear on what we do".

And Mandzukic, who set up former Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric for the equalise in normal time, made sure it was an extra enjoyable experience for his hometown people by laying out just short of £3,000 on beer for them to guzzle.

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The Centre Court showpiece is now slated for 2pm GMT on Sunday, meaning it would be highly likely to clash with the World Cup final, which will also feature one of France or Belgium, who contest the other last-four tie, kicking off at 4pm.

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Nearly £50 million has been matched on Betfair's World Cup victor market, and the encouraging news for England is that more than a third of bets have backed the Three Lions to win the tournament.

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"We are very excited about England's success in the World Cup. You'll see it on the field".

"It could be said that we have the more experience", said Mandzukic at the Luzhniki Training Centre, where Croatia shifted their base from St Petersburg following their quarter-final shootout triumph against hosts Russian Federation. When Ivan Rakitic's penalty sealed Croatia's spot in the semifinals, the coach broke down into tears. He passes it better than Eric Dier and keeps the fluency of the side which brings the best out of Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli, the England attackers crave that quick, fluent passes. "It will be a battle again but I trust us, I have belief in us".

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and risky alongside Harry Kane", Dalic said in a press conference Sunday.

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