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England vs Croatia: Gareth Southgate's starting XI 'revealed'

England vs Croatia: Gareth Southgate's starting XI 'revealed'

We'll just have to assess the bodies'.

"We experienced the extra time and penalties (against Colombia) and we know the physical and emotional effect of that", he said.

"It's been a long season, but you play in a World Cup semi-final once in a lifetime and there's no point giving up now".

England face Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday.

"We are just going to stick with what we have been doing all the way through".

In total the two sides have played each other seven times, with England notching four wins to Croatia's two.




Alli will surely start again for Gareth Southgate's side, and he will be part of a midfield attempting to stop Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic and Real Madrid's Luka Modric from running riot.

The Liverpool midfielder was taken off five minutes from the end of the last-eight victory over Sweden at the weekend due to a tight hamstring.

Lovren has been a defensive rock for Croatia at this tournament, however, and with his partner Domagoj Vida will be confident of shackling Kane and preventing him from adding to his tally of six goals at the tournament.

However, Kane's partner in attack, Raheem Sterling, has pace to burn and England's totem will be on hand to benefit if that causes problems for the Croatians. "They have a lot of youngsters, but they are really good, fast, they play for great clubs".

England have a clean bill of health for their World Cup semi-final against Croatia after all 23 players trained on Tuesday.

Gareth Southgate's side's potency from set-pieces was certainly on the minds of Croatia after they were forced into penalties by Russian Federation.


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