Sport 'England haven't stopped hitting long balls': Croatia's Sime Vrsaljko taunts beaten side after slamming his own manager with heart-felt rugby tackle

09:58  12 july  2018
09:58  12 july  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Chelsea linked with a move for Sime Vrsaljko

  Chelsea linked with a move for Sime Vrsaljko Chelsea have identified Atletico Madrid star Sime Vrsaljko as a summer target, according to reports from Italy. It’s believed that the Blues have drawn up a shortlist of transfer targets ahead of Maurizio Sarri’s imminent appointment as the club’s manager, and Vrsaljko is among the options under consideration. The right-back is currently away on international duty at the World Cup. Vrsaljko has helped his native Croatia to a shock appearance in the illustrious competition’s final, and he will hope to come away from the tournament as a World Cup winner. Vrsaljko enjoyed an impressive season domestically in Spain and flourished in Diego Simeone’s Atletico side. His displays have caught the eyes of many, it seems, and Chelsea are the latest club to be linked. The Blues could see Davide Zappacosta leave the club this summer amid links with Inter Milan and it seems they are planning a raid on Atletico to prise away Vrsaljko as a new starting right-back.

' England haven ' t stopped hitting long balls ': Croatia ' s Sime Vrsaljko taunts beaten side after slamming his own manager with heart - felt rugby tackle . Croatia star Sime Vrsaljko says England reverted to classic tactics in semi-final.

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England have been lauded for adopting a stylish, ball playing philosophy under Gareth Southgate, but Croatia defender Sime Vrsaljko rejected that notion following  his experience playing against them in the World Cup semi-final.

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But Vrsaljko says he saw nothing of the new-look England that everyone has been talking about and says Croatia's decision to press their opponents saw their limitations quickly exposed.

a man with a football ball on a field: Croatia's Sime Vrsaljko celebrates at full time after they knock out England in the semi-finals © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Croatia's Sime Vrsaljko celebrates at full time after they knock out England in the semi-finals

He told reporters: 'The all-round perception was that this is a new-look England who have changed their ways of punting long balls up field but when we pressed them it turned out that they haven't.'

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Croatia ’ s defender Sime Vrsaljko celebrates past England ’s forward Marcus Rashford. Croatia Manager Zlatko Dalic didn’ t make a single substitution in regulation time, trusting his team to find a way. And Mandzukic, with an assist from Perisic, finally did.

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Appearing to hug the 51-year-old from behind, Vrsaljko then grappled his manager and hauled him to the ground. Fortunately, it was all taken in jest and the defender's place in the final shouldn't be in doubt as a result.

a person sitting in a chair: Vrsaljko grabbed his manager Zlatko Dalic from behind © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Vrsaljko grabbed his manager Zlatko Dalic from behind He then proceeded to grapple him to the ground © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited He then proceeded to grapple him to the ground

There was more twisting of the knife into English hearts when Croatia defender Vedran Corluka, formerly of Manchester City and Tottenham, was asked to comment on their extra-time victory.

a group of people playing football on a field: The defender then lay on top of his manager as the celebrations continued around them © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The defender then lay on top of his manager as the celebrations continued around them Failing to stop in the mixed zone at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, the 32-year-old flatly said: 'It's not coming home.'

That, of course, was in reference to the 1996 smash hit from Baddiel, Skinner and Broudie which discovered a new lease of life as England threatened to win their first World Cup since 1966. 

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Croatia vs England: Key Battles .
In one of the most anticipated semi-finals in recent history, Croatia go up against England in Moscow tonight for a place in Sunday’s World Cup final. Zlatko Dalic’s side overcame hosts Russia in an amazing quarter-final in Sochi on Saturday, eventually winning on penalties after a 2-2 draw after extra time. England’s route to the last four for the first time in 28 years was a lot smoother, as they brushed Sweden aside in Samara, with goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli securing a 2-0 win. Right-back Sime Vrsaljko is out after suffering a knee injury against Russia, while Jordan Henderson and Jamie Vardy have both been declared fit after hamstring and groin issues, respectively. Croatia are another side who have been labelled the ‘golden generation’ and were the dark horses of many before the tournament started. Dalic has managed to steer the Vatreni impressively through the group stages but they barely got through their two knockout stage games, edging past both Denmark and Russia on penalties. Their preparation has been disrupted somewhat by the sacking of Ognjen Vukojevic, a member of the coaching staff, who along with defender Domagoj Vida, posted a pro-Ukraine video on social media after their win over Russia. The England squad know that they have a chance to become heroes and add to the huge hysteria at home by beating Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium tonight.

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