Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

England Have Been Warming Up With Rubber Chickens Ahead Of Croatia

England Have Been Warming Up With Rubber Chickens Ahead Of Croatia

"It will be very hard, he is the top scorer and the best England player, alongside [Raheem] Sterling", Dalic told a news conference on Sunday.

They will wear the dark blue and back shirts which they have sported for four of their five World Cup matches so far. Their ability to maintain possession and composure, even as a youthful team, is what has led them to this semi-final match.

"We have always said we would it take one game at a time but we can go on and create our own history". "And if it's France I think they'll win it".

Gazza was of course one of the star players the last time England played in an World Cup semi-final back in 1990.

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Monaco keeper Subasic is understood to have missed training as a precaution, so as not to aggravate his problematic hamstring, while Lovren's unspecified injury is not thought to be serious enough to keep him out of the semi-final.

The last match between the two teams took place in 2015 with Belgium running out 4-3 winners with two Marouane Fellaini goals in an exciting friendly in Paris. However, they have a well-built lineup starting at the front with Kane and leading all the way to the back with Pickford in goal.

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.

How they got there Croatia after winning Group D with a 100 per cent record have had to grit their way through the knockout stages with penalty shoot-out wins over Denmark and hosts Russian Federation.

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Police warned England football fans on Monday not to repeat the "shocking behaviour" that followed Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal win over Sweden.

Croatia have been pushed to the brink twice in penalties, and England may well be fresher due to getting their business done in the 90 minutes against Sweden.

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.

Overall, 42% of goals in the World Cup have come from set plays or penalties, beating the previous record of 36% from the 1998 World Cup.

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