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Chelsea midfielder Kovacic: Croatia World Cup run something incredible


Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic is aiming to help Croatia reach an unprecedented second-consecutive World Cup final.

Having reached the final of the World Cup for the first time in their history in 2018, Croatia could equal that best-ever performance with a victory over Argentina in the first of this year's semi-finals.

"Every time you represent your country it is just something incredible," said the 28-year-old. "The whole country is watching you. I'm very proud and honoured to wear my Croatian shirt.

"For us the most important thing is to start well, to go through the group stage and then in the knock-out stages you never know what can happen.

"I always thought when I grew up that I would be a football player and of course I believed that I could be in that position to play for my national team, but you just need to work hard to get there.

"So it's not easy but you prepare the same for Chelsea as you do for the national team because you want to give the best on the pitch and be the best player."

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