Rakitic ruled out of England match and returns to Barcelona

by Leon Thompson November 18, 2018, 2:19
Rakitic ruled out of England match and returns to Barcelona

Their place in the finals of the new competition now hangs in the balance, however, after losing 3-2 at home to England and defeat in Zagreb.

Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic said: "We have the solutions and we go to Wembley to enjoy the football".

"There's no point in hedging our bets that we might do this, we might do that, or we need a 0-0".

Croatia's victory over Spain on Thursday night - while England were bidding farewell to Wayne Rooney with a 3-0 win over United States of America - means that just two points separate the three teams with only Sunday's match remaining.

"We have a chance to get through a really strong group, so for me we just focus on going for the win".

Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri: We are not creating enough chances
I don't think the problem is a physical problem because, in the last two or three matches, the effort was the same." . Pressed again on whether he will leave west London in early 2019, Christensen said: "I don't think so".

But Jedvaj's late victor now means victory at Wembley over England, who they beat 2-1 in the World Cup semifinals, would put them in the final phase.

Both in attack and defense, the team was playing well again.

"So we're always improving and I think in those five matches that you've seen since the summer what we haven't done is sat on our laurels and said 'OK, we're happy with what we did at the World Cup - that's it for the year, we'll look forward to the European Championship'". 'We play at Wembley, one of the most important stadiums in the world'.

"That performance did not come from a couple of weeks before the game, it goes back to the World Cup". "The group was very hard, with two of the best national teams in the world". So it's not that we wanted to show any disrespect to England but it is just in that moment all Croatians wanted to embrace all other Croatians!

"But also we've got belief that we're improving and we're learning all the time and people can see how hungry we are to succeed, so we've got great motivation ahead of tomorrow's match".

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