English reporter upsets Croatia defender Lovren with Kane reminder

Tanya Simon
July 11, 2018

We have played five games, but being exhausted can not be an alibi. He said that what we showed on the field was great.

And the centre-back was far from pleased when a reporter asked if he was anxious about the prospect of another meeting with Kane. "It's going to be a hard task for all of us".

"This is already big, but we can do more".

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.

Liverpool and Tottenham stars will face off for Croatia and England. Russia's fairytale run ended as they were beaten on penalties by Croatia after both sides were locked at 2-2 event after the extra time.

Striker Artyom Dzyuba, who scored three goals in five games at the World Cup, said Russian Federation and the fans 'have proved we're a football country'.

Croatia often looked reluctant to attack and Modric's words after the game hinted at a lack of adventure that will surely cost them sooner or later. It was a one-sided affair really where Sweden struggled to the see the ball as Gareth Southgate's men dominated and subjugated the Swedish side 2-0.

"We know their set-pieces are unsafe, they have scored seven times from them, but we have no reason to be nervous, we are relieved of any pressure and are here to enjoy ourselves", he said.

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Dalic blamed Croatia's opponents for smothering the creative talents of Luka Modric and said he expected a more open match in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. "Until last night, when all the pain was removed and when we finally experienced a revival of 1998", the Sportski Novosti newspaper said after that match.

Now, finally, there is a team ready to join them in Croatian football's pantheon of heroes.

He goes up against Liverpool's Dejan Lovren, who he embarrassed at Wembley earlier this season in a 4-1 club win.

"I have nothing but respect for Harry Kane. he is one of the best strikers in the English Premier League", he said.

"That defeat is completely irrelevant", he said, with a face like thunder.

Up front, Mario Mandzukic was leaden and static and a strike rate of one goal apiece in five games for him, Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic and Eintracht Frankfurt's Ante Rebic is disappointing.

"You're just nit-picking in terms of my performances".

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