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SRNA WILL FIGHT THROUGH GRIEF.

CROATIA captain Darijo Srna says he is ready to play against the Czech Republic today, despite the death of his dad.

Srna's father Uzeir passed away during the Croats' opening 1-0 Group D win over Turkey on Sunday, and the right-back rejoined the squad after travelling home for the funeral.

"It is a very difficult moment for me but I decided to return to France," Srna (above) said. "It was my father's last wish. He invested everything in my career and I wouldn't be here if it hadn't been for him. I have to be strong and shift my focus to what lies ahead."

The Czechs lost their opener to holders Spain 1-0 and Srna added: "On paper, this Croatia team is better than the one that reached the 1998 World Cup semi-finals, but that doesn't mean we will emulate their success."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 17, 2016
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