England vs Croatia: Gareth Southgate's starting XI 'revealed'

Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson

England have landed in Moscow 24 hours before their crucial World Cup semi-final showdown with Croatia.

For a country with a population of little more than four million, making it all the way to the final would be a remarkable achievement.

They had won just one knockout match at a major tournament in 16 years before coming to Russian Federation, a 1-0 victory against Ecuador at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. But there is less pressure on them now.

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

"We believed in its potential, and I think the games that we've prepared for, we had belief we would win, but there is still pressure in all of those matches, so I'm really pleased with how the team have emerged and developed". Their first encounter, in 1996, ended in a goalless draw.

Operating in tandem with Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, Modric will be out to dominate central midfield and build a platform to allow him to link with his forwards, or embark on a foray or two of his own into the box. It's important that we do our best on the pitch.

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But he is certainly well aware of the threat that Croatia pose in the centre of the field.

However, Kane's partner in attack, Raheem Sterling, has pace to burn and England's totem will be on hand to benefit if that causes problems for the Croatians.

Former Mexico goalkeeper Jorge Campos has said Pickford's relative lack of height does not matter at all as he has proven he is one of the best shot-stoppers in the world.

Stones, and his defensive partners Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker, will need to be on their toes for the whole game against Croatia's lone striker, particularly when the ball flies into the area from a set piece.

"You can see they have been working hard on set-pieces - that's why they're scoring so much".

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