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

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

You can't play much better than they did.

Southgate is however, well aware of the midfield Croatia possess.

"England have been the most impressive team so far".

"I remember people saying he's going to be a one-hit wonder and he's just completely proven them wrong and blown it out the water".

In spite of his profligacy in front of the opposition goal, Southgate maintained that Raheem Sterling is an essential ingredient to the side as with his "speed he stretches the opposition". Southgate wasn't flash, he was a team player.

"For us as a team, it's another chance to create a small piece of history".

Kane is now leading the Golden Boot race at this summer's World Cup with six goals, helping his side to the semi-finals of the competition in the process.

Asked what is was all about, a slightly bemused Southgate said: "That's exactly what I asked our fitness coach a well, 'What is that all about?'".

"They're getting blamed for what my generation and generations that followed did. His team-mates play at top clubs, it's going to be a hard task but if we're ready to give our all on the pitch like against Argentina, if we're compact, I don't believe there will be problems".

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.

"If Southgate wins the World Cup he 100% deserves a knighthood", Ross Patrick, the man behind the idea, told the Press Association.

"Gareth, good luck. Stick to what you're doing, I'm behind you", he added.

"I have been in sport in different areas for long enough to know what my life is day to day".

"We're only the second team to reach a semi-final out of our country, and that's quite significant".

"After the Iceland game we knew things needed to change and there have been a lot of changes since that moment", said midfielder Eric Dier, who was substituted at halftime in the game.

"Hopefully they'll just get their heads down, work hard and get the win for us".

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