"At the World Cup we have teams who profit from players of other countries, with the justification that these players have the nationality of their team".
"We have spent 49 days together: who could believe we are now in the final of the World Cup".
Robson, who died of cancer in 2009, saw his dream of emulating the 1966 World Cup-winning team end with a penalty shootout defeat by eventual champions Germany in 1990.
"I like the style of England, how they play with the young players, how they move", he told Omnisport.
At the time of writing, over 60,000 people have signed Liam Betson's appeal and it's growing at a rapid rate to the point where the target of 100,000 looks set to be achieved before you can even say "It's Coming Home!".
Modric has scored twice in Russian Federation, including a fabulous goal in the 3-0 win over Argentina in the group stage, and twice netted in nail-biting penalty shootouts against Denmark and Russian Federation.
Neither Belgium nor Croatia has ever won the tournament.
The coolness displayed by the Real Madrid playmaker in the last-16 tie against the Danes was particularly impressive - having missed a penalty late in extra time, he still stepped up to score another spot-kick only a few minutes later. Vrsaljko had a similar injury back in March 2017, and was unable to play for four months. "We don't want to stop".
"Every city we've played in, and our base in particular, but everywhere we've played, we've had a really warm welcome, the organization of the tournament has been absolutely first-class".
It has been a rocky road off the field, too, for Croatia. "But he brings more than that to the team - there's a coolness, a calmness".
"This generation has been underrated for a long time because of their poor results, but they have shown their quality when it mattered at this World Cup, and it will go down as a golden generation like that of 1998". Then, no doubt, he'll be supporting the French pursuit of a second World Cup title the following day in Moscow.
After praising his players for their performances in reaching the final, Deschamps was asked about his own contribution.
"I've known Luka for a number of years, not only with the national team".
"There were questions over Sime Vrsaljko but our right-back trained normally and could be ready", they stated below an image of the player in training.