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Mario Mandzukic Sends Message To Jordan Pickford Ahead Of World Cup Semi-Final

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Mario Mandzukic Sends Message To Jordan Pickford Ahead Of World Cup Semi-Final

Jordan Pickford has emerged as one of England's World Cup stars, and Mario Mandzukic is wary of his presence while sending him an ominous message ahead of Tuesday's semi-final.

The Everton keeper produced heroics between the sticks against Colombia, pulling off a stunning save before preventing Carlos Bacca from scoring in the penalty shoot-out.

Pickford saves a spot kick. Image: PA
Pickford saves a spot kick. Image: PA

And he continued his brilliant form versus Sweden, keeping a clean sheet thanks to some unreal saves.

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Next for England; Croatia.

Gareth Southgate's charges are one game away from a spot in the World Cup final.

Standing in their way is Zlatko Dalić's team which includes the likes of Luka Modric and Mandzukic, whose talked up Pickford.

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"We've seen that he [Pickford] is doing very well at the World Cup," he said via Daily Mail.

Pickford cheers. Image: PA
Pickford cheers. Image: PA
Pickford celebrates after beating Colombia. Image: Pa
Pickford celebrates after beating Colombia. Image: Pa

The Juventus striker has tipped Pickford to enjoy a bright future but he believes someone will find a a way to surprise him.

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"He has good potential and I'm sure he has a bright future. [But] I believe someone will find a way to surprise him."

Pickford being Pickford. Image: PA
Pickford being Pickford. Image: PA

Mandzukic also liked England's chances before the tournament due to their young and hungry team.

"England was one of the favourites for me before tournament because they have a young, hungry team with no international movie stars.

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"It's difficult to compare clubs with the national team. We know every England player, respect them as a team and individuals. It's a 50/50 chance. England deserve to be here. We deserve to be here," he added.

Croatia head into the semi-final tie off the back of two penalty shootouts victories over Denmark then Russia.

England secured passage following wins against Colombia then Sweden... IT'S COMING HOME!

Topics: Football News, Football, Croatia, England, Jordan Pickford, World Cup

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