Croatia identify England danger man for semi-final

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While England will face a tough challenge against the Croatians, who boast among their ranks the likes of Luke Modric and Ivan Perisic, Thompson does not think there is any need to diverge from the starting XI that played in the 2-0 win over Sweden at the quarter-final stage.

England has serious momentum coming into Wednesday's semifinal vs. Croatia, with seemingly the entire nation backing the Three Lions from near and far.

Previously, it had forecast that England would lose the Croatia game.

Roberto Martinez is determined to end a streak of one kind for World Cup coaches.

"The semi-final of a World Cup is not an easy game, but it's a game we feel we are ready for".

You may well have switched on your TV set at the weekend expecting an exciting game of footy between England and Sweden - which indeed it was.

"I'd love to be able to do it with however many millions who are watching at home but the supporters who are here, they're singing and I know what they've been through and I met lots of them before we came".

England manager Gareth Southgate says winning the World Cup would make his players even bigger heroes than the 1966 generation because of the impact of social media and the globalisation of football.

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Neville perfectly predicted the semi-final match-ups which will take place this week before, like Eden Hazard, he anticipated a Belgium vs. England final.

Croatia have gone through two extra times and two penalty shootouts - they must be shot, physically and mentally.

John Stones says he has no intention of letting the opportunity to play in England's first World Cup final in 52 years pass him by. "It's felt like a good holiday we've been on, no boredom at all, (we're) enjoying every moment of it".

"I said the same thing before the Colombia game - it's not me getting carried away".

"I don't know what you're saying in the dressing room to the players, but whatever you're saying, it's working".

"Yes, as a player you want to score goals", he told reporters.

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is facing a Belgian team that has scored a tournament-leading 14 goals in five matches when they meet in the semifinals in St. Petersburg.

Asked if, given the chance, he would look to nutmeg Croatia's star man again, Alli replied: "Hopefully".

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