Davor Suker, Croatia’s former star player, has claimed that the Three Lions of England are “lucky” to still be in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
According to Suker in an interview with Mirror UK, however praised the England team which booked their semi final slot on Saturday with an emphatic 2-0 win over Sweden of being a tougher prospect than teams of the past.
“I watched England’s game against Colombia at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow and you were lucky,” said Suker.
“Colombia had two chances to score to lead in the penalty shoot-out, so you were lucky.
“But why lucky? Because you invested in a lot of forwards and that’s what I liked, England at that moment.”
“It’s football, 11 against 11, 11 warriors,” said Suker. “What I would like is the England from before, but now they are very strong and we have to respect them.
“Southgate has done a great job. I have a lot of friends in England and we know each other well. We will spy on each other.
“But money isn’t playing, Ferrari isn’t playing, watches aren’t playing, just 11 against 11 warriors in the World Cup.
“But I think – and I said the same before the game against Russia – it will be 50-50 against England.
“I hope we can rest well. I will find a nice restaurant in Moscow. We will invite all the players and staff and have a good dinner and relax.
“We’ve already been out here for one month and I know exactly what players need.
“Not drinking, but a nice seafood dinner and to enjoy it together, which is a sign that everything is excellent, with unity between the team, the coach and the staff.
“I know what you want to hear from me, but we will respect England. It’s a great nation and we have a lot of players playing in the Premier League.”