Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Croatia 'role model' Luka Modric backed for Ballon d'Or by Davor Suker

Croatia 'role model' Luka Modric backed for Ballon d'Or by Davor Suker

They have never reached a World Cup final, but finished third in the 1998 tournament.

Maybe it was the memes, or Gareth Southgate's canny management, or maybe some people just want to watch the world burn, but it looks like Australians are barracking for England to win the World Cup.

Croatia fans in Zagreb react to key match moments in the World Cup semifinal win over England.

The hosts and eventual champions France came from 1-0 down to beat Croatia 2-1.

Croatia players toasted their World Cup quarter-final victory over Russian Federation on Saturday evening by singing patriotic songs on the team bus home and back at their hotel. Or at least one of them does.

Dalic also explained why he had been overcome with emotion after Ivan Rakitic sent Croatia through. We have lots of good young players who are showing on a world stage they're prepared to be courageous with the ball.

Vukojevic was fined $15,150 by Federation Internationale de Football Association but Vida was let off with an official warning after apologizing for the video, which was posted after the team beat Russia.

Pearce travelled with his fellow directors to meet some of the families of the England players.

Speaking to ESPN, Suker said: "My captain does a great job in the dressing room - he's a role model on and off the pitch for all kids, not only in Croatia". We keep doing that game after game. "I wanted to substitute but no one wanted to be subbed, everybody kept saying "I'm ready, I can run on", he said. That leaves him free to play against England.

Some fans are expected to travel without tickets, partly because the FSF identified a loophole in Russia's visa-free system for the World Cup for ticketholders.

Modric has scored twice in Russian Federation, including a fabulous goal in the 3-0 win over Argentina in the group stage, and twice netted in nail-biting penalty shootouts against Denmark and Russian Federation.

England's Phil Jones hugs with England's Harry Kane, right, during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. For me, Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida have been fantastic centre backs, among the best in the World Cup.

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