England V. Croatia, Winner Will Play France

Doug Mendoza
July 12, 2018

In a World Cup where set-pieces have played such a huge role and with teams becoming ever more cautious as the final approaches, that edge could prove the difference between England ending 52 years of hurt or falling at the penultimate hurdle.

With the national team now in the semi-finals of the tournament, stars and fans have been paying tribute to Southgate, with Marr sporting a waistcoat to host The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.

"It's been a fantastic World Cup, of course it's always better for us because we've won some games".

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England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks last night compared the current squad to the victorious 1966 team.

"We watched the game today and saw how good they are from dead-ball situations", captain Luka Modric said.

The Three Lions face Croatia in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday (19:00 BST) in their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years.

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He said: "Well, I think I've said this before, but I was not a renowned fashion icon throughout my playing career, so it's rather odd to feel that way now".

"I only played for three clubs, I have a real affinity with all three, but England has been the biggest part of my life really. That's why I think they can go all the way". "Croatia deserve respect, they've got some wonderful players".

Tottenham's Kieran Trippier has also excelled for his country over in Russian Federation, being a creative influence for Southgate's side in the right-wing back role.

"They've been through a lot", Southgate added.

"But equally, we're always looking at how we can hurt them, what are the areas we can exploit in the way they play?"

Jordan Henderson was a fitness worry with a tight hamstring but trained fully alongside Jamie Vardy, who missed Saturday's win over Sweden with a groin injury.

Although Wembley was the home of English football long before 1990, back then England's home matches happened under the twin towers, rather than the arch.

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