A look back at their last semi-final run

Dean Simpson
July 13, 2018

He said: "Whenever you are involved in a tournament like this, you do think about the people who have helped you along the way, and every coach I worked with, teacher, players that I've played with.

Zlatko Dalic's side beat hosts Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties in their last-eight match in Sochi to set up an encounter with Gareth Southgate's Three Lions.

"For us, it's all about the experience".

In fact, the feel-good story could continue for some of England's players after the tournament has concluded, as the world has stood up and watched this young Three Lions team grow into potential world beaters.

Fernandes's header was the 66th set-piece goal scored at the 2018 World Cup out of 157 in total.

And Fowler is a fan of what Southgate has achieved with the national team so far.

"I don't know what will happen if we win, probably nobody will go to work".

England take on Croatia on Wednesday in what is the biggest global football fixture for the nation in years, with a potential date with either France or Belgium in Sunday's final.

Dier is likely to start on the bench with manager Gareth Southgate preferring Liverpool's Jordan Henderson in the defensive midfield slot but he could well feature at some stage against a Croatia side whose strength is in central midfield.

The former defender suffered disappointment when England last reached the last four of a major tournament, missing the crucial spot-kick as Terry Venables" men bowed out of Euro "96 in a penalty shootout.

"Let me tell you, whether we win or lose the game, my life will not change", the England boss said with a smile.

While the 24-year-old signed a new six-year contract in north London last month, Champions League winners Real Madrid have been long-term admirers of Kane, and could follow Luka Modric and Gareth Bale as players who have moved from White Hart Lane to the Spanish capital.

Southgate and his players trained at their base in Repino on Tuesday morning before heading for Moscow and the Luzhniki Stadium where their fate will be decided on Wednesday evening.

He wrote, after England's latest success: "If this carries on Gareth Southgate could save Marks & Spencer #Waistcoat".

"But equally, we're always looking at how we can hurt them, what are the areas we can exploit in the way they play?"

"We've strived to be as good as we could be at worldwide level and it's taken us two years to get there".

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