FIFA: Bosnia boss lauds talismanic Dzeko
- 21 June 2014 08:38
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Day ten of 32 at World Cup 2014 and England are on their way home.
It’s not all doom and gloom from a City point of view though, as we still have seven players with a chance of making the knockout rounds.
That number includes Edin Dzeko, who will be leading the line for Bosnia-Herzegovina when they take on Nigeria this evening.
His manager Safet Susic is convinced that Edin will be the man to make the difference for the World Cup debutants, comparing his value to that of Neymar and Messi to their respective nations.
“Dzeko is equally important to us as Ronaldo is for Portugal, as Neymar is to Brazil and as Messi is to Argentina," the Bosnia coach told FIFA.com.
“Everyone is aware of how important tomorrow's game is. We are in the most uncomfortable of positions.
"But we haven't come here to learn, we have players in top class European clubs, players who have acquired a great deal of experience.
“We have self-imposed ambitions to make it out of the group, and so not come here for people to see us, we have ambitions to progress out of the group, it won't be easy, but I'm convinced we haven't said our last words.
“After Argentina we are the best team in the group."
Elsewhere, Hart has shown his support for Roy Hodgson after England’s elimination was confirmed by Costa Rica’s shock win over Italy.
"Me personally, I speak for the players when I say we are proud to play for Roy Hodgson," Hart is quoted as saying on the Sky Sports website.
"He is a great manager, a very passionate man, and someone I have an awful lot of respect for. I hope to continue playing for him.
"I can't thank people enough for making this trip to Brazil, for making the efforts at home, for staying up for us, for revolving their work around us."
“If I wasn't here myself, I would be doing the same. I can speak on behalf of the lads that we've not left anything to chance, we have tried everything.”
FA Chairman Greg Dyke has since come out and confirmed Hodgson will stay in his role until at least 2016.
Finally, doubts continue to surround the fitness of Belgium skipper Vincent Kompany.
The Red Devils take on Russia in their second group stage clash on Sunday knowing that a win will all but confirm qualification for the second round.
Belgium boss Marc Wilmots has confirmed that he hopes that Vincent will return to training on Saturday.
"Vincent felt something in the final few minutes and was not able to sprint 100 per cent," said Wilmots.
"He hoped that resting it overnight would resolve the problem, but it wasn't the case and on Wednesday morning he still had pain in the left groin.
"We decided he would work alone from the rest of the squad for two days with the physiotherapist Lieven Maesschalk and the medical staff. All being well, he will be back training with the rest of the squad on Saturday."
That’s all for today, we’ll have live goal updates on Argentina v Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina v Nigeria on Twitter, as well as a City-centric match report here on mcfc.co.uk.