Southgate, England ready to face music of football history

Southgate, England ready to face music of football history

Southgate, England ready to face music of football history

"We've got to be prepared for them with the likes of Luka Modric in the team, who's a fantastic player".

England have a clean bill of health for their World Cup semi-final against Croatia after all 23 players trained on Tuesday.

Harry Kane has been in brilliant form for England on his maiden World Cup, netting six times in just four matches to lead his country to the semi-finals. As we regroup, he turns to me and says, "right that's enough, time to lift the tempo, let's get about them".

En route to the semi-final, Croatia have scored in every game so far, netting at least two in four of their five (three in normal time) with eight unique goalscorers, the second highest at the tournament behind Belgium (nine).

Meanwhile, social media has been awash with support for the England team with several videos of celebrations following the win over Sweden going viral.

With an average age of 26, England is one of the youngest teams at the World Cup.

A similarly masterful performance from the 32-year-old could spell the end of England's World Cup hopes in what is set to be a hard game for both sides.

The goalkeeper struggled with a muscle injury during Croatia's quarter-final victory over Russia, Subasic needing treatment in extra-time before a heroic performance in the penalty shoot-out. "We feel much easier at this point", said striker Mario Mandzukic.

The mission? To support England's bid to win a first World Cup since 1966. - Mario Mandzukic assisted Andrej Kramaric's goal against Russian Federation in the quarterfinal - he has been involved in four goals at the World Cup finals for Croatia (3 goals, 1 assist), with only Davor Suker involved in more (6).

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England have already won a shootout in Russian Federation, against Colombia in the last 16.

As reported by ESPN FC on Monday, the inflatable unicorn races in the swimming pool at England's Repino base, as well as the Fortnite competitions, darts and 10-pin bowling, have turned this World Cup campaign into what Ashley Young described as a "holiday".

Dier said: "He (Modric) is a great player, one of the best in the world, and whatever position or wherever he plays it doesn't make a difference to a player of that quality".

But the England boss is well aware of the threat that Croatia pose in the centre of the field.

"But the feel of this group of players is very similar to the player we had [in 1996]".

Monaco goalkeeper Subasic saved three penalties in Croatia's shootout win over Denmark in the round of 16, and another in the quarter-finals as the Vatreni dramatically ousted hosts Russian Federation on penalties.

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