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Gareth Southgate

Croatia have yet to lose at this summer's World Cup, having blitzed through the group stage with wins over Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland, before edging past Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties. "We know what it takes and in such moments you forget any fatigue you may feel", said the 29-year-old at Tuesday's (Jul 10) eve-of-game press conference at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Lovren, whose nation are into the semi-finals for the first time since 1998, said Croatia could play with freedom. It is the 2006 World Cup and we are playing Spain in the round of 16, a knockout match.

One matchup England will look to exploit involves Dejan Lovren, as he will have to go up against Harry Kane, who is now in line to win the Golden Boot at this summer's World Cup. "Probably nobody would go to work!"

Lovren and Kane are set to meet again in Moscow on Wednesday, less than nine months after the former was substituted in the first half as Liverpool were crushed by Tottenham at Wembley in the Premier League.

Lovren was not impressed when he was reminded of that day by an English reporter. Something has to change and, next to me, Claude Makélélé knows it too. "That 4-1 defeat is completely irrelevant", he said.

Asked what he would be demanding from his players, the England coach told ITV: "To be able to keep doing what we have been doing, play with real defensive discipline, good organisation, tactical awareness".

Lovren continued: "I have all respect for Harry Kane". He's been showing season in, season out that he's one of the best strikers in the Premier League.

Vrsaljko has been a key part of Dalic's set-up.

"We want players to be 100 per cent but we will see after training. We need all the players but those on the pitch must be fully fit".

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