Mateo Kovacic: 'World Cup semi-final win does not give Croatia advantage'

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Mateo Kovacic does not believe Croatia's World Cup semi-final win will give them a psychological advantage against an England side that the Chelsea midfielder says are dealing with the weight of expectation. Three years ago the Blues midfielder helped break English hearts as Zlatko Dalic's Vatreni dug deep to secure a 2-1 comeback win in extra time to progress to the final against France at the Luzhniki. There remains a sense of 'what if' around England's remarkable run in Russia, which has increased hope ahead of a European Championship that Gareth Southgate's men have the chance to begin and end at Wembley.

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