‘WaistcoatWednesday’: England fans don waistcoats ahead of semi-final against Croatia

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Perhaps even more significantly, most of the team have been together for a decade but are peaking now and brimming with motivation for their first semi-final since 1998.

However, Southgate refuses to accept the idea that England will be significantly fresher.

England will play Croatia at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium at 7pm United Kingdom time.

No other soccer nation dwells on decades of failure quite like the English. Kane was quiet in the victory over Sweden, but the Spurs striker will be looking to add a goal to his tally to fire the Three Lions to World Cup glory.

Here's a look toward Day 23 of the 2018 World Cup, including a match preview and a look at which key player will be worth keeping an eye on.

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"I've played against Modric a few times: he's a world-class player, one of the best I've played against".

"It has a slightly different feel for me but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again".

When the song first was released, the chorus proclaimed "Three lions on a shirt/Jules Rimet still gleaming/Thirty years of hurt/never stopped me dreaming".

Biscan is wary of set-piece kings England, who have scored eight goals from dead ball situations, including four from corners.

The most-cherished national team memory remains the 1966 World Cup final victory at Wembley over West Germany, a demarcation point in the island's history as much as 1066 (the Norman invasion) and 1707 (union with Scotland). They lost to hosts and eventual winners France.

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"When you have such a solid foundation, you have the basics and clear understanding of what we want to do and achieve, it's not a surprise that it's going well for us".

Vida has quietly been one of the standout performers at this World Cup, and Croatia will be relieved he avoided a suspension for a rather ill-advised video published online after the win over Russian Federation. Croatia's midfield control depends on the exceptional balancing act done by Luka Modric and Rakitic, and Henderson is the only player at Gareth Southgate's disposal who is well-equipped to disrupt that rhythm.

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic soldiered on against Russian Federation despite hurting a hamstring, while right-back Sime Vrsaljko is expected to miss the game. When asked about injuries, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic responded through a translator with inconclusive palaver about Vrsaljko having "this niggle". England will not change, then, and they will be ready. We'll be at the biggest events bringing you exclusive features and the best interviews. "England have been deadly from set-plays and I think this could be their route to the final".

England's first ever penalty shootout win in a World Cup against Colombia in the last-16 got that particular monkey off their backs. "The enthusiasm they have for these players, not only because of the way they've played but how they've conducted themselves, we can feel the energy and support from home, and that's a privilege for us". That team was a lot more experience in terms of its age and experience of big matches, though, and had tactical understanding and technically good players.

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

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