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England makes final four for 1st time since '90

England makes final four for 1st time since '90 England makes final four for 1st time since '90
Kristopher Love | 10 July, 2018, 10:50

Fans jumped on the vehicle, smashing its roof and windscreen after England's 2-0 win against Sweden on Saturday.

Fantasy is edging closer to reality in Russian Federation as the Three Lions continue their charge towards Sunday's final, with Croatia all that stands between them and a shot at history.

But with Rakitic and Modric operating centrally and Andrej Kramaric inclined to drop off behind lone striker Mario Mandzukic, the danger of Croatia dominating the central areas is a very real one for England.

Fernandes's header was the 66th set-piece goal scored at the 2018 World Cup out of 157 in total. For us in the squad and the staff, we have that belief, team spirit, confidence to go as far as we want.

"To beat them, we'll have to make our own luck ... we'll have to be ready to suffer".

Now that the waist-coated wonder could well oversee England's first World Cup final since 1966, we must consider the rebrand seriously. If we had to play two big teams in close succession, that's very hard.

The 68-year-old insists it is paramount today's team do not get carried away with the prospect of worldwide football's greatest prize so close, and he has been impressed by how Southgate has managed emotions.

England footballing icon Paul Gascoigne has told the current Three Lions crop to "watch each other's back" as they prepare for their World Cup semi final clash with Croatia.

"Even though they've not had as much game-time as they would have liked, they are as much of a reason why we are where we are".

"But all the guys who played with him at Tottenham said he was an unbelievable person as well and everyone can see how good he is as a player".

When England finish a game I guarantee you that the opponents will be saying 'Wow, he was hard to play against'. "As an attacking player, you do get frustrated but I knew it would come". Winning teams are consistent teams in terms of lineups and I don't think the boys will have been tested too much physically by Sweden.

"But I thought we handled it really well".

"Personally I don't think I played as well as I should have, but the team were resilient, defended well and dominated the game".

Alli did not say whether Grange had cast her psychologist's eye over his lengthy list of pre-match rituals.