Ivanisevic Says English Football has Jumped the Shark, Croatia Better
by Staff | November 19th, 2007, 11:04 am

Croatia’s most famous sporting hero Goran Ivanisevic has warned English football fans that his nation could yet spoil England’s Euro 2008 qualification plans.
Ivanisevic, who plays on the BlackRock Tour of Champions which culminates in the BlackRock Masters Tennis at London�s Royal Albert Hall, December 4-9, believes that his beloved Croatia are a superior team to England.
England only need a draw against Croatia on Wednesday to join their opponents at Euro 2008, but Ivanisevic warned that Croatia will not just roll over.
“England are not going to find it easy at all,” said Ivanisevic.
“We have a lot of good players. We have Eduardo who is playing for Arsenal, we have Niko Kranjcar, Darijo Srna, we have a good defence, good goalkeeper, Mladen Petric in attack and Luka Modric who is one of the best midfielders in the game. England has Steven Gerrard and Joe Cole. They are two of my favourite players. The others don’t impress me at all.”
He also said that England do not deserve to qualify, having lost to Croatia in Zagreb last year, Russia away, and having only drawn games against Macedonia and Israel.
“I would like England to qualify but they don’t deserve it,” said Ivansievic.
“They think they are better than they are, and they are not so good. It will be a good wake-up call for England if they do not qualify. It will make them realise that they are not so unbelievable.
“In one way I would like England to qualify, but in another way I would like them not to, so that they have to stay at home a little bit.”
Ivansievic, who also supports the English football team West Bromwich Albion, will hope to go one better than last year when he plays at the BlackRock Masters Tennis next month. Last year he reached the final at the Royal Albert Hall, losing to Dutchman Paul Haarhuis.

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3 Comments for Ivanisevic Says English Football has Jumped the Shark, Croatia Better

grendel Says:

Well, the match is just finished, and I regret to say Ivanesevic is justified in everything he says. Croatia were the superior team – by a mile. England absolutely did not deserve to qualify.

Ivanesevic says it will be a good wakeup call for England if they do not qualify. That SHOULD be true, but hisory suggests otherwise. England never learn and always play, as one of the postmatch analysts said, as a “team of strangers”. Frankly, tonight they were an embarrassment to watch. They play as if the world owes them a living. Actually, they are now more or less a laughing stock.

And – nothing will change. These cosseted millionaires, they make you sick.

Alex Says:

Im Croatian living in Slovenija. Didn’t see the match, but there are comments all over the place…

I must say that in the past Croatia had their moments and a good team(remember Suker, Asanovic, Jarni,…), but coach sucks. IMHO

Bilic has a personality to make Croatia even better success then that previous “golden” team.

England on the other hand was close to Euro 2008, but as Ivanisevic stated they dont deserved that – they showed such inferior quality all over the tournament.

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