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Dele Alli scored the second to lead England to a 2-0 win over Sweden Saturday

Asked about it at his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday night's World Cup semi-final clash with Croatia, Southgate said: "Football's Coming Home is a song I couldn't even listen to for 20 years, frankly, so for me it has a slightly different feel".

After once again starring as Real won a fourth Champions League crown in five seasons by beating Liverpool in Kiev in May, Modric will be nearly assured of winning the Ballon d'Or if he can lead Croatia all the way to improbable World Cup glory.

"But don't underestimate the rest of the team either".

"When they were 2-0 down against Japan, sure some of us remained hopeful they could come back".

"Croatia will have to plan for that".

Yet it is England's creative, dynamic and intelligent midfield that will need to be on the top of its game against Croatia.

Trippier is now preparing for a World Cup semi-final with England and will hope to continue being the same creative force.

The two teams will play in Moscow to decide who makes the final on Sunday. They were also champions that year.

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The coach of the 1998 side, Jaroslav Ciro Blazevic, told AFP that for a long time he did not want any other team to match his players' achievements.

"It's a flawless storm".

That means players from all four teams will still have to watch their step in the last four contests.

"England are very strong, they have very good individual players. And they have this incredible spirit, like England have".

Jamie Carragher has waxed lyrical about the improvement of the Spurs man and added that the competitiveness of the Premier League has helped prepare the England players.

"I think for the Croatia team, our biggest pressure was beating Denmark in the last 16".

"Obviously there is a sense of fun about the whole thing but as England have progressed and now we're into the semifinal, who knows, maybe this waistcoat thing can become really iconic if they win it!" We won 3-0 against Argentina a couple of weeks ago. "The game was very close, very tight and it was going to be decided by a little bit of luck in front of goal", said the Spaniard.

Last month, supporter Jamie Richardson, 32, from Leeds, got the words "England 2018 World Cup Winners" tattoo etched to his stomach while the tournament was still in its group stages. But this team showed something different.

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