With Her Victory Dance, Croatia President Wins Hearts At FIFA World Cup

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"All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying "OK, today we will see who will be tired" and like I said, they should be more humble and respect more their opponents. It will be a battle again but I trust us, I have belief in us".

"They are really good at set-pieces and their tall players are risky at corners".

Croatia will now lock horns with France in the World Cup final on July 15.

France: "We expect a really tough team in the final, I think they're more hard than England".

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Fourteen members of their squad are based in Europe's top five leagues - England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France - including Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic at Real Madrid, Ivan Rakitic at Barcelona and Mario Mandzukic at Juventus.

Croatia take on England on Wednesday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

It's the ninth goal England has scored from a free kick, corner, or penalty thus far in the tournament, more than any other team in the field.

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However, despite Croatia's Manager admitting his side were exhausted after going to penalties two games in a row, Zlatko Dalic said "there will be no excuses".

"We expect a very hard, tight and demanding match against England, like every match at the World Cup", the 32-year-old told reporters.

He added that he would have retired as professional footballer earlier if not for the World Cup and now plans to become a coach.

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