Raheem Sterling thanks England fans after reaching 'dream' World Cup semi-final

Raheem Sterling thanks England fans after reaching 'dream' World Cup semi-final

"To reach the semi finals of a world cup. WOW!"

His performance against Sweden on Saturday saw him ranked the worse England player on the BBC website.

Sterling has had opportunities to score in Russian Federation, one of which came during the second half of their quarter-final win over Sweden on Saturday.

He said on Twitter: "Today, I want to thank all that have and continue to support England as a team, this has helped us achieve what can only be described as a dream!"

"They are really good at set-pieces and their tall players are unsafe at corners".

"He is a fantastic player who can create magical moments and I think he has been one of the outstanding performers so far in this World Cup".

Raheem Sterling has been given a hard time by sections of the British media, but Eric Dier says he has been "incredible".

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"Everyone knows that but hopefully we can do our jobs on Wednesday as a team and individuals and contain them. We don't fear England or anybody else".

The semi-final also represents a financial mismatch between the riches of England's Premier League and Croatian football.

Barnes, who started his career at Watford before moving to Liverpool and also later had a spell with Newcastle, feels the current England players will leave Russian Federation better prepared for the challenges ahead.

On a more positive note, he looked forward to playing another attack-minded team in England after his side's relative struggles against the more defensive styles of Iceland, Denmark and Russian Federation.

Playing alongside Liverpool's Dejan Lovren, Vida has been one of the best defenders at Russian Federation 2018 and Dalic said he would be key to Croatia's plans to keeping Kane out, just as they stopped Argentina's Lionel Messi and Christian Eriksen of Denmark.

"I think Raheem has been fundamental to the way we have played - his movement, the positions he takes up, his pressing of the ball, his work rate for the team, the winning of free-kicks, the winning of corners, his speed to stretch teams", Southgate told the ITV World Cup podcast. He would have knocked that one in over the top, he's got a great touch.

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