Croatia coach Bilic: England performance should be no surprise

Croatia boss Slaven Bilic insists England's stunning performance last night was no surprise to him. Bilic said: "I have seen the incident three or four times on television and it does not look like elbowing to me. Joe Cole had blood on his face and I think this influenced the referee's decision to send Kovac off. "But it is apparent from replays that what happened was not deliberate."

Croatia boss Slaven Bilic insists England's stunning performance last night was no surprise to him.

Bilic said: "I have seen the incident three or four times on television and it does not look like elbowing to me. Joe Cole had blood on his face and I think this influenced the referee's decision to send Kovac off.

"But it is apparent from replays that what happened was not deliberate."