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Gareth Southgate

"He deserves every credit he gets". Croatia have "only" had to wait 20 years (semi-finalists at France 1998), while England last reached the semi-final stage 28 years ago at Italy 1990.

The scars left from that nightmare half-an-hour against Kane must still be there and if the England skipper can score an early goal in Moscow tonight, it will be interesting to see how Lovren reacts.

I'm still not entirely convinced by him and would suggest he is still an accident waiting to happen if the right buttons are pushed and enough pressure is applied.

Croatia defender Dejan Lovren is eager to prove a point when he comes up against England forward Harry Kane in the World Cup semi-finals. "Why would we change given how far we have come playing as we have?"

Indeed, this first World Cup meeting between the pair will have a historic outcome.

Although Croatia are the most hard opponents England will have faced in the tournament, Southgate's words suggest he will continue with his attacking formation and personnel.

This is a proud nation and a proud football team, and to reach a World Cup final would represent a truly remarkable story.

"I think tonight (Wednesday) will be the biggest test for them".

"They are capable of going the whole way".

England overcame their own penalty hex in the Round of 16 against Colombia, winning a first World Cup shootout at the fourth time of asking before defeating Sweden in the last eight. "England are a unsafe team in this competition".

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