England makes final four for 1st time since '90

England makes final four for 1st time since '90

We could only make amends for that moment here at this World Cup. That helped win a two-leg playoff against Italy to get to the World Cup, top a group containing Germany, and then beat Switzerland in the round of 16.

As the hysteria back home following Saturday's quarter-final win proves, so are the rest of us - and long may it continue, well, for at least another week.

England eased through to the semis with a comfortable 2-0 win over Sweden while Croatia needed penalties to progress past host Russian Federation.

Kieran Trippier says the support and reaction from fans to England's World Cup campaign at home and in Russian Federation continues to inspire the Three Lions squad.

"We are hungry for more and we want more and hopefully we can show that on Wednesday".

Captain Harry Kane and his team-mates have been given an indication of the feeling back home from celebratory clips on social media, with Shilton admitting the 1990 squad were largely unaware of how the nation reacted to their progress. After Sweden we just switched our attention to Wednesday.

"We also feel we've had events on when we've been in camp when some of those guys [from the 1966 squad] have been in, when the road was named at St George's [Park National Football Centre, England's training base at home] after Sir Alf [Ramsey, the World Cup-winning coach in 1966]".

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and unsafe alongside Harry Kane", the Croatia coach said at a press conference.

Having turned 33 on Monday, Ashley Young is very much an elder statesman of the young Three Lions travelling squad. "We're concentrating on us, what's going on now, not what happened in the past. We look forward to the future", said the Manchester United man.

"You want to be playing the top teams and test yourself", said Alli. It's 28 years since we got to a semi-final but no player in the dressing room would have told you "we're not confident" or "we're not going to get there".

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