Southgate acknowledges England players are in a different era

Southgate acknowledges England players are in a different era

Sterling did produce an encouraging display in the quarter-final win over Sweden and was a constant threat throughout the 2-0 success in Samara.

There may be an air of euphoria back home but England midfielder Eric Dier is adamant that for all the progress, success has yet to be achieved for the Three Lions at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Fernandes's header was the 66th set-piece goal scored at the 2018 World Cup out of 157 in total. The Tottenham man may not have played particularly well in any game yet, but he does what he does better than any kid his age in the world - scores goals, and big goals at that - and getting off the mark in this World Cup will do his confidence no end of good.

"Obviously you know that you're getting very close to the final and you do obviously get a little bit excited, but you've got to keep focused", Shilton told Sky Sports News HQ.

England manager Gareth Southgate has insisted that his current England squad have the potential to be even more revered than Alf Ramsey's 1966 World Cup-winning team.

Harry Kane was not even born when England last reached the World Cup semifinals 28 years ago, but the Tottenham striker - who has met 1966 final hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst - fully appreciates the weight of history he and his teammates are making in Russian Federation.

"To be able to manage the team to this point, having played in a semi-final as well, is really, really special".

England beat Croatia 5-1 at Wembley in the last meeting between the two countries in September 2009.

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Gareth Southgate admits he has got carried away (Owen Humphreys/PA).

Croatia have gone through two extra times and two penalty shootouts - they must be shot, physically and mentally.

"It's fantastic to meet any heroes from '66 and it gives you so much inspiration, obviously it's been a long time since England have done well in a major tournament", he said.

"We know where we are, we know we're not the finished article and I don't think we have loads of world class players".

When England finish a game I guarantee you that the opponents will be saying 'Wow, he was hard to play against'.

"Up until that corner, I felt that we had everything under control", Sweden coach Janne Andersson said.

"Nutmeg him again? Hopefully".

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