Pride costs Croatia's striker a place in World Cup final

Dean Simpson
July 15, 2018

Rakitic played 120 minutes as Croatia sealed a place in their first ever World Cup final by beating Gareth Southgate's men 2-1 after extra time to set up a meeting with France.

Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic has revealed he was suffering with a fever the night before his country's World Cup semi-final victory over England.

Several Manchester United stars are free to go on their holidays and rest up ahead of the new season after completing their worldwide duties in the 2018 World Cup third place play-off.


No matter what, the France and Croatia federations will be taking home a nice chunk of change. I couldn't ask for any more from the players.

"But we've had a wonderful adventure and some experiences that will stand this group of players and staff in really good stead for the future".

"Today is the seventh game in a short period of time, and we've had incredible physical demands and emotional demands on the least experienced team in the tournament", Southgate said when put to him that the striker looked exhausted.


"We've got some good players in our senior team and some good technical players in our development pathway as well", added Ashworth. "Today was always going to be a really hard game", he added. "We haven't produced quite enough moments of quality around the penalty area in the tournament", he said. "Against the best teams, we have come up short".

"We are very happy that he's here with us and he's shown his values, not just as a coach but, more importantly, as a person, as a human being". "I think he's come out after the game having won and thought 'I'm going to have a dig'".

"I think he's captained the team exceptionally well. Thank you to the journalists, who have asked the correct questions and we hope that you enjoyed it".


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