Players will sacrifice final places if not fit, says Dalic

Jul 16, 2018, 05:59
Players will sacrifice final places if not fit, says Dalic

England's tournament ended with three wins from seven games, against Tunisia, Panama and Sweden, a draw against Colombia which they won on penalties, two defeats to Belgium and one to Croatia.

Croatia, who played their first FIFA-sanctioned matches in 1992 after the dissolution of Yugoslavia, finished third in the World Cup in 1998 but had otherwise not advanced beyond the group stage. No-one believed before the World Cup that we could go this far, but we believed.

The game at Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg, starts at 5 p.m. local time, or 10 a.m.

Gareth Southgate spoke with huge pride after England's wonderful adventure ended with defeat in the World Cup third-place play-off. Belgian soccer team fans wait for the team to appear on the balcony of the city hall at the Brussels' Grand Place, after taking the third place in the World Cup 2018, in Brussels, Belgium July 15, 2018. We are desperate to win and we will keep pushing to do that.

Croatia has spent the maximum amount of time on the field at this World Cup. "That's massive. We've connected with our fans and the people back home".

"When you are mentioned in that context it's very nice and pleasing but I don't preoccupy myself with that", he added.

England centre-back Harry Maguire has paid tribute to Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate for altering the country's style of football since taking control of the national team. We're not in club football, where we. can go and buy new players, we have to coach and develop and improve as a group.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is unconcerned by the extra minutes played by his team ahead of the World Cup final against France.

Southgate will spend a few days with his family this week but will then work at St George's Park making plans for the September global break, when England will play Spain in their first Nations League fixture and a friendly against Switzerland. But we will attack the tournament.

Russian Federation is staging its first-ever FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a remarkable opening show at Luzhniki Stadium on the evening of June 14.

"It was really a hard game against France".

Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard secured a 2-0 win against Gareth Southgate's exhausted side, ensuring Belgium return home as bronze medallists. But you need to be realistic when you finish the tournament and look back.

"I want to thank everybody here because the way that we've been received in Russian Federation was fantastic".

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