England dreaming but Croatia set to provide biggest SWC test

Gareth Southgate

That team was a lot more experience in terms of its age and experience of big matches, though, and had tactical understanding and technically good players.

Ashley Young wants England to focus on its own qualities ahead of the World Cup semifinal against Croatia, rather than worry about the threat of Luka Modric. "The higher the level of opponent, if you press in a disorganised fashion, then you will get picked through and we have got to be conscious of that".

Lovren, whose nation are into the semi-finals for the first time since 1998, said Croatia could play with freedom. This team is nowhere near the level they're going to be capable of, partly due to their age but also because they'll have more big-match experiences over the next few years. England also have the World Cup's top-scorer in Harry Kane, who has six to his name so far.

After a weekend of dramatic quarterfinal action that saw each game decided in a completely different manner, the 2018 World Cup is down to its final four. They may have been forced to overcome Denmark and Russian Federation with penalty shoot-outs, but they cruised through their group with a 100 percent record and possess world-class stars such as Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

"It's a massive game for us, we all know that, but there's no need to make it bigger than what it already is".

England hasn't played in the semifinals of a major tournament since Southgate's penalty kick at Wembley was saved by Andreas Koepke 22 years ago, and Andrea Moeller put the next kick over David Seaman and under the crossbar. In the last few seasons he's always scored more than 25 goals and he's one of the best strikers in the world.

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"It's fantastic what the team has achieved, not only this World Cup but in the first one they ever took part in in 1998 when they took out bronze".

The Three Lions' only global title is the 1966 World Cup victory on home soil. Otherwise, England have no fitness issues going into the last-four.

"He was a constant threat to Sweden, of course he hasn't scored the goals he would have liked to have scored but for myself and the players he has been a crucial part of the way that we have been playing", he said.

"Gareth's sideline style has meant our waistcoats are really scoring with our customers, with sales doubling since the World Cup began", said a spokeswoman for retailer Marks & Spencer.

Despite that, Modric's three man-of-the-match performances and two winning penalties from Rakitic in shootout wins over Denmark and Russian Federation have seen them match Croatia's best-ever World Cup performance 20 years ago in France. "We've talked about how important it is to have that spirit".

In the latest in a series of controversies, former worldwide Ognjen Vukojevic was kicked out of their delegation on Monday and fined by Federation Internationale de Football Association for posting a pro-Ukraine video clip following their penalty shootout victory over Russia on Saturday.

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