‘WaistcoatWednesday’: England fans don waistcoats ahead of semi-final against Croatia

‘WaistcoatWednesday’: England fans don waistcoats ahead of semi-final against Croatia

‘WaistcoatWednesday’: England fans don waistcoats ahead of semi-final against Croatia

Gareth Southgate's side brushed aside Sweden 2-0 on Saturday to set up a first last-four showdown since 1990, when they were dumped out on penalties by West Germany.

"But he is a world class player and he is extremely effective for his country, for his club, and he has been one of the best players here at the World Cup so far".

But Young, who turned 33 on Monday, says it would be futile to focus all their efforts on stopping Modric instead of focusing on the qualities that have brought England this far.

Harry Kane's first World Cup has seen the best return from any English striker at a major tournament since Gary Lineker's six at the 1990 World Cup.

"At the beginning of working together with the lads and trying to sell them the vision of what's possible, what we're looking to achieve in the long-term".

"Our physical performance coaches try to keep refreshing the warm-ups for the players and keep them stimulated, using a bit of fun to get them moving".

Speaking at a press conference, the Manchester United wing-back said: "We haven't wont anything yet so there's no point celebrating".

Croatia booked their spot in the last four the hard way after their last-16 and quarter-final games against Denmark and Russian Federation respectively went to penalties .

If you want to know how England can beat Croatia, first I have to take you into the heart of the French midfield.

Henderson, if again selected as England's sole holding midfielder, will need to be at his disruptive best to prevent the Croatians developing a stranglehold in the middle of the pitch, while also watching out for those surging runs forward. "Like one heart, one soul".

England and Croatia have set up an unexpected semifinal clash.

Henderson is expected to recover from a muscle complaint in time to start, and that could be crucial for England.

It might sound a stretch, but some England fans want matchday in Moscow dubbed "Waistcoat Wednesday" in tribute to manager Gareth Southgate, who has taken to wearing a waistcoat on the touch-line along with suit pants and a dress shirt and tie.

"Gareth's sideline style has meant our waistcoats are really scoring with our customers, with sales doubling since the World Cup began", said a spokeswoman for retailer Marks & Spencer. - England has scored 11 goals at this year's World Cup, tying its record from the victorious 1966 tournament. Should he score, he will become just the third player to score on all seven days of the week for England, after Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard.

Southgate, who was in the last England side that reached the semifinal of their last major tournament (Euro 1996), has carried a young and vibrant team to Russian Federation but worked his charm with the players ahead of the World Cup.

"But any team in a World Cup semi-final is going to find the energy and going to find the motivation".

Juventus striker Mandzukic is Croatia's main goal threat and although he has only scored once in Russian Federation, his game is about a lot more than just finding the net.

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