When they said it's coming home, they meant their team was coming home :D
The bronze final vs Belgium should be a very interresting game! Who is better when both teams use their starters and want to win?
Exactly, should be a great game too...as for our finals, I am a bit afraid if we've depleted our energy with 3 ET games in a row...hopefully we'll get revenge over France in spite that.
Sorry if my original comment today seemed rude but you know how it is, celebrations all around it's hard to contain your happiness sometimes :D
England was very dangerous in the first half, you were just faster than us and the goal was a superbly taken freekick...in the other half of the game, we've been far better than in the 1st, despite some of our players weaker performances in this tournament (Strinić for example).
Slaven Bilic gave a great interview on British coverage, very fair. Said that it took Croatia a while to work out the English shape. Once that had been achieved. Well, the result was clear. I didn't get to watch the whole thing as I was flying back home after HTC Italy but I didn't see any unfair or foul play on the Croatian play. I'm very pleased with that.
Great run by the lads. Funny how some are saying it was the only good team we came up against, when we smashed a team in the previous round that had knocked out Italy and the Netherlands during qualifiers, and topped a group with the current World Champions and Mexico in it. Bit dumb to say Sweden are a shit team, isn't it?
Anyway, fitness was a massive issue here, which I didn't think would be one for us, however it's a gruelling tournament and the boys just weren't ready. Tactics were off too, and the careless passing around the defence was really, really risky and telling. Don't understand how RLC wasn't brought on instead of Dier; he was exactly what was needed at the time. Congrats to Croatia, they've been the most solid overall team all tournament and I'm happy for them, a well deserved final, and will be the team I cheer on in the final. Modric is just a wonderful little player, and the squad was so impressive to keep that intensity going through to the final whistle, after 360 minutes of football in the span of a few days.
Onwards and upwards... we have young teams coming through the ranks that have won trophies on the trot, we'll be back stronger!
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I wasn't planning on going for a run today. But those cops came out of nowhere.
I saw the match, was actually really good!! I like what England's team can became. They didn't play a good match, got lost somewhere in the middle of the game and stopped having good gola chances... Many young players that will learn from this WC.
On the other hand, Croatia played an excellent wc so far. Besides my dear argentina played awful, their match against us was well thought and played...
It was indeed a better world cup for England this time in Russia. Although unable to win the cup is a total failure on their side since they had the opportunity because of the early elimination of the big guns from the tournament.