Why England must stop world's best midfielder to reach final - Jermaine Jenas
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Why England must stop world’s best midfielder to reach final – Jermaine Jenas

Former England international, Jermaine Jenas has offered his thoughts on the FIFA World Cup semi-final match between England and Croatia on Wednesday.

Jenas who is now a sport pundit wrote in his BBC column on how his country can reach the finals. According to him, they must stop the best midfielder in the world.

That is how highly I rate my former Tottenham team-mate Luka Modric. I’ve not met many players as driven as Luka, and I’ve seen even fewer who are as talented as him.

I remember the first time I saw him play, when he was part of the Croatia team that beat England 2-0 in Zagreb in a European Championship qualifier in 2006.

I was on the bench that night and he was absolutely phenomenal. I had heard Spurs were interested in him and I was thinking to myself, ‘please tell me we are signing this kid because he is unreal’.

When he joined Tottenham in 2008 at the age of 22, we became close friends and even then he was already becoming the leader he is now as captain of his country.

That is one of the qualities he has that many people might not expect and, as a player, he always had a few surprises up his sleeve too.

So it is going to be hard for England to shut him down on Wednesday because he is quicker than most people think, and a lot stronger too. For a player who is only 5ft 6in, he has got the biggest calves I have ever seen in my life.

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