"This is an historic game, not just for us but for everybody who is Croatian", Rakitic said. We are exceptional in tennis, handball, basketball, water polo.
Even after three extra-time games he is not noticeably tired.
Isa Mohammed, Vice-Chairman, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Nasarawa State chapter, said France would win because of the calibre of players in the team.
"There will be excess energy, don't worry about that".
Every time a major tournament comes around, a familiar refrain is heard in the region: "If only Yugoslavia was one country, imagine the unbelievable team we could have".
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But leading Eurosceptic Bernard Jenkin played down the prospects of more walkouts from Mrs May's administration. I am just saying I think he would be a great prime minister.
Shaaz Mehmood, partner, Olive Bistro said: "There has been a huge push in the number of football screenings in the city this year-this could be due to the large number of people from other nationalities residing in the city--temporarily or otherwise".
In 2014, champion Germany received $35 million and runner-up Argentina got $25 million.
"We will carry one another, we will have the energy, we know this is the biggest game of our lives". People tell me they could never -imagine celebrating a goal as if it were scored by their own country.
Croatia have an unlikely fan in tennis player Novak Djokovic, a Serb.
"If a stupid offer comes in for Maguire, around the £60m mark, then the club may look to let him go, but I'd like to think Leicester will keep him". We have to try to put history behind us. This is coming from a Scotsman, but I've got to say that what England have done for the country is fantastic.