England vs Croatia: Southgate hopes England avoid semi-final stage fright

Gareth Southgate and England team

England go into their semi-final at the Luzhniki Stadium with a fully fit squad and an opportunity tantalisingly within their grasp.

The Swedes had been quietly impressive throughout the tournament and looked set to nullify England's attacking threat with their organisation and solidity, but Gareth Southgate's side broke through their defences and held on to secure passage to the final four.

"I think he has been one of the outstanding performers so far in this World Cup".

"We can take a lot of good things in the past in terms of '66 and what they achieved then", said Henderson. "To have seen our younger teams have success they have has been hugely rewarding".

"We are really proud with the style of our play, the intelligence of our play and that we have performed under pressure".

"We are concentrating on what's going on now". "We've got to be prepared for them with the likes of Luka Modric in the team, who's a fantastic player". That's what we wanted to do with our younger teams.

Eleven of Southgate's 23-man squad in Russian Federation had featured at Euro 2016, when that humiliating knockout defeat by Iceland had prompted new doubts over the FA's long-term planning.

"It is an anthem and has followed the team for a long time - but involved some hard moments as well". Of course, after going the distance in two straight games, who knows if they'll even have the energy to finish the game on their feet. It will be a battle again but I trust us. "We've got to win because we play better".

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"The improvement and the hunger in the players is very clear for everyone to see". But it's an ongoing process. "I'm certain our team will play well and I have complete trust they'll go and play in the way they have throughout this tournament".

"We've made several pieces of history".

Expectations have risen as the team have progressed, with the players well aware of the frenzied scenes of celebration in England which have greeted each of their successes in Russian Federation.

It's not just the fans back home who are enjoying England's historic run to the last four; the players and staff are equally exuberant.

"That's exactly what I asked our fitness coach as well", said Southgate in Moscow. "We've had the chance to make a difference".

"Gareth's sideline style has meant our waistcoats are really scoring with our customers, with sales doubling since the World Cup began", said a spokeswoman for retailer Marks & Spencer.

The Mosman Park soccer team should prepare to be outnumbered if they wear their nation's colours to Crown. It's great for them that they've got some enjoyable experiences now playing for England.

"'Our country has been through some hard moments in terms of its unity", he admitted.

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