England - World Cup - 12 July 2018

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

Gareth Southgate's men have ripped up the script over a remarkable a month that now sees them preparing for a semi-final clash against Croatia.

While Croatian players, who have been asked constantly about the generation of 1998 and never fail to express their admiration for the likes of Zvonimir Boban and Davor Suker, those comparisons are a weight they feel is unneeded.

"I don't know what will happen if we win, probably nobody will go to work". "I believe that people did not only start trusting us but they are in love with us".

The Slavic country has been one of the better performers at this World Cup, even though it may not have come with much entertainment.

There is no doubt that pride has been restored regardless of the outcome on Wednesday, when Henderson's selection is a good omen.

England is looking to win its first World Cup since it defeated West Germany in 1966 for its lone championship in the tournament's history.

"We like to play against teams like England because we have fast players and it will be open", Vedran Corluka, the former Manchester City and Tottenham defender, said. "We want to bring a medal home and see how it shines". Russian Federation has so far played against only one extremely attacking team like Croatia and lost 3:0 to Uruguay.

"It's down to us as a team".

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"We are having success because everybody is working so hard, everybody is working hard on the field".

England's remarkable set-play success is the fruit of extra preparation on the training ground with attacking coach Allan Russell, who has travelled with Southgate to the United States to study strategies from the National Basketball Association and NFL.

"That's what I have a focus on".

Police officers and fans watch the broadcast of the World Cup quarter-final match between Russia and Croatia in central Saint Petersburg, Russia July 7, 2018. Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic have shone brightly for their team and will hope to continue doing so. "But I think it is a football event".

"He's suffered a lot of a criticism but he's bounced back so well".

Fernandes's header was the 66th set-piece goal scored at the 2018 World Cup out of 157 in total. "He has a knack for being in the right place at the right time too (his solitary goal in the last 16 against Denmark is evidence of that) and he always shows up for the big games - so expect him to make a significant impact in Sochi", writes Sport360. We are in the semi-final again!

"I fancy England, I must say".

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