Kane says England defeat will hurt for a long time

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"They struggled against Denmark and Russian Federation and needed penalties on both occasions". Sometimes I think these things are written - and the way this tournament has opened up for England is one of the reasons it feels like this is their time.

"I'm perfectly ready and fit".

"As a player I know I have a job, on and off the pitch, to inspire people", he said.

Dalic admitted that trying to outdo the achievement of that great generation was a driving force for his team, skippered by the brilliant Luka Modric. Look at the fans tonight, there was a lump in my throat watching the fans applaud us at the end. "Four years is a long time to wait for the next chance". We have come back after 20 years to the semis and we deserve it. Croatia has never reached the final, while England triumphed at the World Cup once in 1966. "Probably nobody would go to work!"

"He's one of the best strikers in the Premier League", the defender told United Kingdom newspapers.

Last season, Lovren was hauled off after just 31 minutes of Liverpool's 4-1 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley last October, after the defender was at fault for the first two goals.

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'The Blazers' may have a superior midfield but their aging defensive duo of Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida lack pace and against a young English side full of exuberance and youthful energy, they may be left to chasing shadows that don't exist.

"I don't know what to say".

'That defeat is completely irrelevant, ' he said.

'I've got the utmost respect for him - he's been banging goals in for Spurs for several seasons - but he's not alone, his team-mates play at top clubs, so it will be hard. You are just nitpicking a bad performance.

He added: "I have full respect for Kane".

Dalic refused to confirm whether right back Sime Vrsaljko would miss the game, after the Atletico Madrid player came off in extra time against Russian Federation. Everyone wants to finish the job and we are excited to try and do that. He has some minor problems but we are facing a huge game.

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