World Cup 2018: Croatia can deal with Harry Kane after 'stopping Messi' – Zlatko Dalic


Croatia beat Messi’s Argentina 3-0 on their way to topping group D
2018 Fifa World Cup semi-final: Croatia v England
Venue: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow Date: Wednesday 11 July, 19:00 BST
Coverage: Full radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and text commentary online and in BBC Sport app

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has said his side have already “managed to stop Messi” and so can cope with England’s Harry Kane in Wednesday’s semi-final.

The teams meet in Moscow to compete for a place in the 15 July final after Dalic’s side overcame hosts Russia on Saturday.

Dalic identified top-scorer Kane and Raheem Sterling as threats in a team with “no glaring weaknesses”.

“But we believe in our strengths,” he said. “We don’t fear England.”

“He [Kane] is top scorer – he’s not easy to stop. But we have top centre-backs. We managed to stop Messi and [Christian] Eriksen so hopefully we can stop Kane.”

Having not scored in an England shirt for nearly three years, Manchester City forward Sterling has been criticised by some supporters and pundits.

However, ex-England and Manchester United pair David Beckham and Gary Neville have voiced their support for the 23-year-old