Croatia identify England danger man for semi-final

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"So we'll just have to assess people as we go".

Set pieces have been the main source of goals at the tournament in Russian Federation - 42 percent, no less - and England has been the master of that department on its run to Wedneday's semifinal match against Croatia.

Chris Tripper, who flew into Russian Federation after watching the defender and his team mates" earlier progress on TV, said: "I am sure England is going all the way'. Overall, 42 percent of goals in the World Cup have come from set plays or penalties, beating the previous record of 36 percent from the 1998 World Cup and smashing the portion of goals from these situations in 2014 (27 percent), 2010 (24 percent), 2002 (29 percent) and 1994 (33 percent).

"I don't think we have succeeded yet - success is hard to define but in my eyes and I think in everyone else's eyes back at the (team) hotel I think this isn't a success yet", Dier told reporters today after the team's training session. Hendo (Jordan Henderson) was another one who was feeling tightness in his hamstring, which was why we made the change.

Not since 1990 have the Three Lions reached the last four, when the likes of Gary Lineker and Stuart Pearce lost to Germany on penalties.

After years of lamenting the behavior of its traveling fans, maybe now it is time for England to take more of an inward look. So to be here now, leading this team out, I'm so proud. I don't really ever get nervous anyway.

But with Rakitic and Modric operating centrally and Andrej Kramaric inclined to drop off behind lone striker Mario Mandzukic, the danger of Croatia dominating the central areas is a very real one for England. "I play every game like every other game". But for me, as a family man, it's so important to be around when those special occasions happen.

"We were composed, we played our style and a 2-0 win in a quarter-final is all you can ask for".

Alli's career has continued on an upward curve since he left MK Dons, but that has not stopped him bringing some of his pre-match rituals from his League One days to the World Cup.

The midfielder, by his own admission, didn't have his best game.

"It's been a long time since England have done well in a major tournament, and we've got a tough game coming up against Croatia, but we feel confident".

I can't see anything but an England win.

"We will be more competitive".

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