Croatia play down fatigue fears as they eye England scalp
11 July, 2018, 15:20 | Author: Suzanne Horton
But the 29-year-old, who was been one of Croatia's standout performers at this summer's tournament, has stressed that previous encounters with Kane have no bearing on the result of Wednesday's fixture in Moscow. It's completely irrelevant, that 4-1 defeat. "You're just nit-picking in terms of my performances".
Lovren continued: "I have all respect for Harry Kane. He has been showing season after season that he is one of the best strikers in the Premier League and he is one of their greatest threats, but he is not alone".
"We've got to keep getting over those hurdles and I know we talked about the success of the younger teams but this is a much harder, much bigger level for the players and the belief is building as things are happening. And then with the ball, play with the freedom and expression that we have and the same patterns and movements that we have shown". "I will go home, take the dogs for a run, disappear to Yorkshire, but it is of course a chance to be involved in something incredibly special".
"Health has to be number one, but to play for the Croatian team, to play in the World Cup semi-final, I do not need to even say that I will be giving it 300% to be fit".
"We shouldn't be surprised that Croatia are in the last four at a World Cup given the quality of players", said Dalic, who only took over as coach of the "Vatreni" towards the end of their qualifying campaign.
"I am perfectly ready and fit and I can say the same for my teammates".
"We want players to be 100 per cent but we will see after training. We know what's at stake and at such moments you forget fatigue you may feel because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity - it may never repeat itself again".
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Croatia are wary of the threat posed by England captain Harry Kane , who is the tournament's leading scorer with six goals so far. Seriously it's our time - LETS GO ENGLAND '. "It has been a few years since he said what he said about me.
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