England boss Gareth Southgate keeping select guest-list for Croatia clash

Lewis Collier
July 12, 2018

Southgate is becoming a national hero in England after leading the Three Lions to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

The England boss was amused at the prospect of fans both in Russian Federation and back at home observing Waistcoat Wednesday in tribute to the man who has guided the nation to within perhaps just 90 minutes of a first final since 1966.

"It's not the same if you play 90 minutes twice and 120 minutes twice, but I believe we've had ample time to recover and we're professional enough to know who needs what in terms of recovery", he said. But I spoke to the lads today and none of us fancied going home.

Croatia have sacked one of their coaching staff, Ognjen Vukojevic after he posted a pro-Ukraine video following the penalty shootout win over Russian Federation in the World Cup quarter-finals. Biggest win in the tournament. They'll be feeling a bit of everything - you've been there for the extra week now, you've been there for six, seven weeks, away from home and there's family and friends coming over.

"We've had the chance to make a difference".

Southgate's side have been buoyed by more than just an anthemic pop song, though.

In case, England goes on to win the match, Croatian stores in the United Kingdom, if there are any, may need to be wary of overenthusiastic fans.

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"It had tactical understanding, it had technically good players".

Southgate was speaking ahead of England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday - the Three Lions' first appearance at this stage of the tournament in 28 years.

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"It's nice to hear people enjoying it again, anyway". "We've got to this point because the collective has been so strong", Southgate said after the quarterfinal win over Sweden on Saturday. "We're not working much now so you can imagine what it will be like if we win".

Subasic suffered a tight hamstring towards the end of Croatia's quarter-final win over hosts Russian Federation and was unable to take goal-kicks before the tie went to penalties.

"This generation has been underrated due to their results but they've had the quality and now they are showing it".

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