Entire Croatian cabinet celebrates World Cup semi win by wearing team jerseys


Pogba, 25, was instrumental in the semi-final win in St Petersburg, as Samuel Umtiti's goal in the 51st minute put the 1998 champions in the World Cup final against the victor of Croatia and England. Before the World Cup started I said I would give my home up to see Croatia become World Champions! "I mean, we are proud already because no one thought we would make it this far".

"We've always been stuck in the shadows of that team", he said, "but I hope with this win we've finally come out of it". I know the taste of losing a final. "That will not happen again".

Every time a major tournament comes around, a familiar refrain is heard in the region: "If only Yugoslavia was one country, imagine the wonderful team we could have". The national team was forced to play a European Championship qualifier against Italy in an empty stadium in Split in June 2015 because Croat fans had thrown flares on the field during a match against the Azzurri at Milan. But they are mentally very strong.

"Dream, Dream, Dream! Croatia are in the World Cup final", said the Sportske Novosti newspaper, adding that coach Zlatko Dalic "has entered into legend" after bettering the achievement of the 1998 team.

"For us, we are not the favourites". We would be delighted if Modric won the MVP and the Golden Ball for being the best player at the tournament. "Those friendlies were a huge help so that now here we are about to play the final". "We are chasing something and will do everything to succeed".

"For sure the Croats they want the star (for winning the title) they have had a good run. Serbia is a democratic society and everyone has the right to support whoever they want", Vucic said.

"The Croats are not just Modric".

Luka Modric's men needed extra time to beat a spirited Three Lions team with a 109th minute victor from Mario Mandzukic after Kieran Trippier's early free kick was canceled out by Ivan Perisic in the second half.

A string of disciplined displays by the 25-year-old has even earned him rare praise from United manager Jose Mourinho, who has been critical of the club's record signing in the past.

"Now, I think people judge me on my role as a midfielder and not as a player who can score goals and make assists".