England Have Been Warming Up With Rubber Chickens Ahead Of Croatia

Harry Maguire’s goal slips past the Swedish goalkeeper to give England a 1-0 lead half an hour into the match

Gazza was of course one of the star players the last time England played in an World Cup semi-final back in 1990.

The Tottenham defender did however start England's last group game against Belgium, and could feature from the bench against Croatia, as he did against Colombia in the last 16 match. They've lined up in freakish formations to confuse their markers - like against Colombia in the round of 16 where four players stood in a row before splintering off.

With former France World Cup victor Thierry Henry an assistant coach with Belgium‚ there has been plenty of personal feelings ahead of this game‚ which promises to be an electric contest given the wealth of attacking talent in both sides.

A World Cup champion will be crowned on Sunday.

Not only that, but they have players in important roles for their teams - Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, and Dele Alli are all in starring roles for England, Jan Verthongen and Toby Alderweireld are fixtures of Belgium's defence, while Hugo Lloris captains France.

England defeated Sweden 2-0 in the quarterfinals to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time in 32 years. It's brought results so far and long may that continue in the next two games.

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He said: "This team is nowhere near the level they're going to be capable of, partly because of their age, but also because they'll have more big-match experiences over the next few years with their clubs and with us".

Croatia's failure to beat Russian Federation in normal time cost us last time out but with four matches to go we are still showing a healthy profit from one of the most exciting World Cups in living memory. "If you do go on to win the tournament - and I hope you do - it would have an indescribable effect".

Southgate led the team to a win in the World Cup qualifying game against Malta.

"We know they're top, top players but we have top players too", he said.

"If you look at all of our attacking patterns and the way that our front four have combined and played, he's been instrumental in that, so I think he's a player that's really appreciated by the team".

And that includes Southgate himself, who on the World Cup Daily podcast said, "I am slightly confused". And the sartorial hit item in discussion, is a humble waistcoat that Southgate has been sporting since the beginning of this year's tournament in Russian Federation.

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