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Southgate in no mood to change England's winning formula

Croatia confirm coach Ognjen Vukojević has been sacked two days before facing England in World Cup semi-final Southgate in no mood to change England's winning formula
Betsy Taylor | 11 July, 2018, 05:41

Southgate added: "I think Raheem has been fundamental to the way that we have played - his movement, the positions he takes up, his pressing of the ball, his work-rate for the team, the winning of free kicks and corners, his speed to stretch teams".

Ahead of England's game against Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals, Eric Dier has insisted that Luka Modric is one the top players of the tournament.

"We will get a good group of us together to watch it - we haven't decided where yet, it might be Crown", Mr Zlendic said.

Henderson said of England's semi-final opponents: "They have got some fantastic players. I'm certain our team will play well and I have complete trust they'll go and play in the way they have throughout this tournament".

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

Wednesday's World Cup semifinal game between England and Croatia is at 2 p.m. ET on FOX.

Fatigue could be an issue for Croatia as the game wears on, given they have gone to extra time and penalties in both knockout games in Russian Federation, although they also won both shootouts. The more big games we're involved and the more they come out successful in, the more belief it will build.


"It's incredible 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".

Croatia, who became independent in the early 1990s, have reached the World Cup last four once before, in their debut World Cup appearance in 1998. It's important that we do our best on the pitch. - England has scored 11 goals at this year's World Cup, tying its record from the victorious 1966 tournament. - 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).

"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. After winning Group D, Croatia beat Denmark and Russian Federation in penalty kicks to get to this point, while England knocked out Colombia in the round of 16 in penalties before taking down Sweden in the quarterfinals.

"I've played against Modric a few times: he's a world-class player, one of the best I've played against".

The captain was the man of the match again in the penalty shootout win over Russian Federation in Sochi at the weekend.

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

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