Henderson: "'England can't just focus on Modric"

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Henderson: "'England can't just focus on Modric"

For many people, Henderson's performances in the central midfield have been a vital part of England's run to the semi-finals, and the Liverpool player has shown his importance by cementing a place in the side ahead of rival Eric Dier.

Gareth Southgate's men have ripped up the script over a remarkable a month that now sees them preparing for a semi-final clash against Croatia.

'It's a special feeling to know that people back home and out here in Russian Federation are enjoying the experience just as much as we are, ' the midfielder said.

But the Liverpool captain believes he will be ready to face Croatia in Moscow on Wednesday.

"Playing in those big games is something special and it gives you confidence to know that you can perform at the very, very top against the best players in the world and I've just tried to continue that with England".

There is no doubt pride has been restored regardless of tonight's outcome, where Henderson's selection is a good omen. 'Someone mentioned it the other day to us, ' Henderson said. "But, to be honest, I wouldn't really look too much into it because I don't win on my own".

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'It's down to us as a team.

Discussing Klopp's response to England doing so well, Henderson admits the German tactician is delighted and has texted him to say so every time they've progressed further in the competition.

"Just as much as if I played and we lost every match, I don't think it would be my fault either".

Pickford, 24, has impressed football fans as he helps the England team get that little bit closer to the World Cup final.

The boys, who are students at Broadway Junior School, were at the Tall Ships event in Sunderland earlier this week, along with children from lots of Sunderland schools.

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