"Why didn't you ask me about when I played well against him?" Since then, the Croats have exited at the group stage in 2002, 2006 and 2014 and failed to qualify in 2010. "We're all in this together". He plays so well with Modric in midfield.
Kieran Trippier fired Gareth Southgate's side in front early on but after Ivan Perisic equalised in the second half, Mario Mandzukic smashed home to break English hearts. Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has continued the good form he showed towards the end of last season too.
It was never going to happen, of course, as the ecstasy of taking a tiny nation to the final of the World Cup for the first time needed to be worked through with the people that provided the players with support and inspiration.
Croatia needed spot kicks to advance against Denmark in the last 16 and against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals.
Dalic, who enjoyed a solid but unspectacular career as a midfielder in Croatia, was given the national job previous year after success as a coach in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
France have been improving throughout the tournament and have beat Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in the knockout rounds without needing extra time or penalties.
When heartbroken English fans wake up Thursday morning after a long night of crying into their pints, the most hard part of their grief to digest following the Three Lions' 2-1 extra-time loss to Croatia in the World Cup semifinals Wednesday in Moscow will be the unshakable feeling that England had this one in the bag. Didier Deschamps' side will now face the victor of Wednesday's tie between England and Croatia in Moscow.
Croatia has become a popular holiday destination, particularly the resort of Dubrovnik, where popular television series Game of Thrones films its King's Landing scenes.
'His long balls are exceptional, few can do that in the world'.
"I was 18 years old in 1998, it was one of the most attractive nights of my life". It will be the penultimate edition, with another coming on the night of the final.
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